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Disciplined Agile Makes Sense: A Practical Overview


Before we can understand disciplined agile, we must first define agile. Agile project management is a process in which a team manages a project by breaking it down into smaller projects. The process begins with the client describing how the final product will be used. After learning about the client’s needs, the teams begin planning, executing, and evaluating the product. It is a project management methodology that focuses on developing products that meet the needs of customers through short work cycles that allow for rapid production and editing as needed.

Table of Contents

  • What is Disciplined Agile?
  • Disciplined Agile’s History (DA)
  • The Disciplined Agile’s Seven Principles 
  • DA’s Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Conclusion

What is Disciplined Agile?

Disciplined agile can be defined as a process decision toolkit that aids in the optimization of processes based on the specific needs of each project. It is a people-first agile framework that combines various disciplined agile delivery methodologies such as XP, Scrum, Kanban, and others.

Disciplined Agile helps individuals, teams, and organisations optimise their processes. It lays the groundwork for business growth by demonstrating how different activities such as software development, IT operations, finance, procurement, portfolio management, and enterprise architecture can collaborate and work together. It offers a variety of customised, context-sensitive ideas and assists in making better decisions.

Disciplined Agile’s History (DA):

DA’s software development division (Disciplined Agile). Disciplined Agile was officially introduced in 2012 with the publication of the book Disciplined Agile Delivery.

Disciplined Agile 2.0, a Disciplined Agile framework, was created in 2015. Disciplined DevOps was added as a second layer, and Disciplined Agile IT (DAIT) was added as a third layer.

Disciplined Agile 3.0 was released in 2017 with the addition of a fourth layer called Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE). Disciplined Agile 4.0, also known as the Disciplined Agile Toolkit, was released in 2018. It provided the full range of processes required for business agility.

The Project Management Institute purchased Disciplined Agile in 2019. (PMI). Today, Disciplined Agile is the world’s second most popular Agile framework, trailing only the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

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The Disciplined Agile’s Seven Principles,

DA’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Discipline Agile can be applied to both large programmes with many teams and small programmes with as few as one team.It is not suitable for organisations that are new to agile because it does not provide strict enough guidance on how to implement the philosophy.
Disciplined Agile employs a goal-oriented strategy as well as a flexible procedure.Because of the lack of guidance, organisations attempting to implement the DA framework are more likely to require the assistance of professional consultants.
The hybrid nature of this framework draws the best elements from several proven methodologies.Prescriptiveness required by agile consultants is lacking.
It allows teams to use the agile method while also tailoring it to their specific requirements.Unknown market adoption


Disciplined agile will be ideal for highly experienced agile teams, but it may be prohibitively expensive for those new to the agile framework. The Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit provides simple guidance to assist organisations in streamlining their processes in a context-sensitive manner, laying the groundwork for business agility. DA is a platform-agnostic, hybrid toolkit that combines hundreds of Agile, Lean, and traditional strategies to help you find the best way of working (WoW) for your team or organisation.

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