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Jun 2, 2023

This week, Dan Neumann, your host, is joined by Christine Bush. In this episode, Dan and Christine embark on an insightful exploration of Disciplined Agile, a domain in which Christine is certified. They unravel some of the intricacies of Disciplined Agile, addressing its profound impact on organizations.


Throughout the episode, you’ll gain a general understanding of what Disciplined Agile is, learn more about the six distinct life cycles that define this approach, and discover how they contribute to organizational growth and success. Tune in to today’s show and gain valuable insights that will guide your organization on its journey towards continuous improvement and enable you to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of Disciplined Agile.


Key Takeaways

  • What is Discipline Agile?

    • It is a tool kit rather than a framework.

    • Discipline Agile meets the organization where it is.

    • Discipline Agile finds the best ways of working for each organization.

  • The six life cycles in Disciplined Agile:

    • The Agile Life Cycle: A Scrum-based Project Life Cycle.

    • The Lean Life Cycle: A Kanban-based Project Life Cycle.

    • The Continuous Delivery: Agile Life Cycle.

    • The Continuous Delivery: Lean Life Cycle.

    • The Exploratory (Lean Startup) Life Cycle.

    • The Program Life Cycle for a Team of Teams.

  • Within an organization, different life cycles can be used by other business units.

    • Disciplined Agile focuses on: What is the team? What does it need?

  • Christine dives deep into the Agile Life Cycle.

    • The work is primarily for organizations looking for enhancements or new features.

    • An Agile Life Cycle allows users to Identify, Prioritize, and Estimate.

  • It is essential to analyze your context in Disciplined Agile.

    • The spiral diagram is one tool provided by this tool kit that considers the team size, geographic distribution, compliance needs, and technical and domain complexity.

    • It is necessary to evaluate technical complexity.


Mentioned in this Episode:

Find more about Disciplined Agile at Project Management Institute

Learn about DAC Certification (Disciplined Agile Coach)


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