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Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise (IBM Press) [Kindle Edition]

Scott W. Ambler , Mark Lines
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Master IBM’s Breakthrough DAD Process Framework for Succeeding with Agile in Large, Complex, Mission-Critical IT Projects

 

It is widely recognized that moving from traditional to agile approaches to build software solutions is a critical source of competitive advantage. Mainstream agile approaches that are indeed suitable for small projects require significant tailoring for larger, complex enterprise projects. In Disciplined Agile Delivery, Scott W. Ambler and Mark Lines introduce IBM’s breakthrough Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) process framework, which describes how to do this tailoring. DAD applies a more disciplined approach to agile development by acknowledging and dealing with the realities and complexities of a portfolio of interdependent program initiatives.

 

Ambler and Lines show how to extend Scrum with supplementary agile and lean strategies from Agile Modeling (AM), Extreme Programming (XP), Kanban, Unified Process (UP), and other proven methods to provide a hybrid approach that is adaptable to your organization’s unique needs. They candidly describe what practices work best, why they work, what the trade-offs are, and when to consider alternatives, all within the context of your situation.

 

Disciplined Agile Delivery addresses agile practices across the entire lifecycle, from requirements, architecture, and development to delivery and governance. The authors show how these best-practice techniques fit together in an end-to-end process for successfully delivering large, complex systems--from project initiation through delivery.

 

Coverage includes

  • Scaling agile for mission-critical enterprise endeavors
  • Avoiding mistakes that drive poorly run agile projects to chaos
  • Effectively initiating an agile project
  • Transitioning as an individual to agile
  • Incrementally building consumable solutions
  • Deploying agile solutions into complex production environments
  • Leveraging DevOps, architecture, and other enterprise disciplines
  • Adapting your governance strategy for agile projects

 

Based on facts, research, and extensive experience, this book will be an indispensable resource for every enterprise software leader and practitioner--whether they’re seeking to optimize their existing agile/Scrum process or improve the agility of an iterative process.

 



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“Mark and Scott not only made me think, they reminded me of lots of things that I had forgotten. Things that the agile fashion police have made uncool to talk about. This book is not about fashionable agile; it is about serious change, and it should be required reading for any change leader.”

--Dave West, chief product officer, Tasktop, and former VP and research director Forrester Research

 

“Finally, a practical down-to-earth guide that is true to agile values and principles while at the same time acknowledging the realities of the business and the bigger picture. You will find no purist dogma here, nor any hype or hyperbole. Ambler and Lines show how to navigate the varied contexts and constraints of both team-level and enterprise-level needs to hit the agile ‘sweet spot’ for your team and attain the real benefits of sustainable agility. I wish I’d had this book ten years ago!”

--Brad Appleton, agile/lean development champion for a large fortune 150 telecommunications company

 

“We have found the guidance from Disciplined Agile Delivery to be a great help in customizing our PMO governance for agile projects at CP Rail. The book will definitely be on the must-read list for teams using agile delivery.”

--Larry Shumlich, project manager coach, Canadian Pacific Railway

 

“This book is destined to become the de facto standard reference guide for any organization trying to apply agile/scrum in a complex environment. Scott and Mark provide practical guidance and experiences from successful agile teams on what it takes to bring an end-to-end agile delivery lifecycle to the enterprise.”

--Elizabeth Woodward, IBM agile community leader, coauthor of A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum

 

“There are many ways to achieve the benefits of agility, so it’s really encouraging to see a pragmatic and usable ‘umbrella’ description that encapsulates most of these without becoming a diluted kind of ‘best of’ compilation, or a one-size-fits-all. Great reading for anyone orientating themselves in an ever-growing and complex field.”

--Nick Clare, agile coach/principal consultant, Ivar Jacobson International

 

“Scott and Mark have compiled an objective treatment of a tough topic. Loaded with insights from successful application under game conditions, this book strikes a good balance between progressive agilists looking to accelerate change and conservative organizational managers looking for scalable solutions.”

--Walker Royce, chief software economist, IBM

 

“Disciplined Agile Delivery, a hybrid and experience-based approach to software delivery, reflects the growing trend toward pragmatism and away from the anti-syncretism that has plagued the software development industry for over 40 years. I commend Scott and Mark for writing this book and showing the leadership necessary to take our profession to the next level.”

--Mark Kennaley, CTO, Software-Development-Experts.com; author of SDLC 3.0: Beyond a Tacit Understanding of Agile

 

“I’ve seen ‘certified agile’ run rampant in an organization and create more severe problems than it solved. Finally, we have a definitive source on how to apply agile pragmatically with discipline to deliver success. Thanks, Scott and Mark.”

--Carson Holmes, EVP, service delivery, Fourth Medium Consulting, Inc.

About the Author

Scott W. Ambler is Chief Methodologist for IT with IBM Rational, working with IBM customers around the world to help them to improve their software processes. In addition to Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), he is the founder of the Agile Modeling (AM), Agile Data (AD), Agile Unified Process (AUP), and Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) methodologies and creator of the Agile Scaling Model (ASM). Scott is the (co-)author of 20 books, including Refactoring Databases, Agile Modeling, Agile Database Techniques, The Object Primer, 3rd Edition, and The Enterprise Unified Process. Scott is a senior contributing editor with Dr. Dobb’s Journal. His personal home page is www.ambysoft.com.

 

Mark Lines co-founded UPMentors in 2007. He is a disciplined agile coach and mentors organizations on all aspects of software development. He is passionate about reducing the huge waste in most IT organizations and demonstrates hands-on approaches to speeding execution and improving quality with agile and lean techniques. Mark provides IT assessments and executes course corrections to turn around troubled projects. He writes for many publications and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Mark is also an instructor of IBM Rational and UPMentors courses on all aspects of software development. His Web site is www.UPMentors.com.


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  • File Size: 13309 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
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  • Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (May 31, 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087HTKA4
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Agile Done Right!!!! July 11, 2012
Format:Paperback
I was excited to see that Mr. Ambler was working on Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) and was looking forward to this book. One of the biggest challenges I have is that most of the successful agile teams I interact with are isolated small teams using Scrum out of the box. It is working on the projects that have small teams with small scope, usually building one application in isolation. They don't have to be concerned with enterprise level integration.

The small successful teams I have seen also do no architecture. Although the end result is exactly what you do not want for high modifiability, they simply get it live. Usually a little buggy and slow, but they make it live nevertheless.

That is not true of all the projects I interact with. There are some large enterprise wide Scrum initiatives. The successful ones brought in an external Scrum coach to train them. Because of the complexity of the project they were also forced to do architecture and design. They ended up back at more of an iterative process. By the time they were done modifying the Scrum process, beside some Scrum names, they were much closer to the Unified Process than Scrum.

Until now my primary resource for information, that I also consider good information, implementing agile practices at an enterprise level has been Scaled Agile Framework. It is completely covered in the book Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise. The Scaled Agile Framework is great,but I am glad to have this second resource!!! The attempts to sell Scrum of Scrums for dealing with enterprise level concerns has failed miserably.

It has been a wild ride.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) adds yet another agile `flavor' to the many currently floating out there. What differentiates DAD from the other Agile flavors is that it incorporates many of the best practices of the non-Agile methodologies in order to achieve what the authors refer to as `Agility@scale'. Too often, agile practices can involve starting from scratch and working in a vacuum. This will work well for small, self-organizing teams working on isolated software development. For the rest of us working in Enterprise I.T., working on small, isolated teams is simply not an option. The integration points too many, the effort too large, infrastructure too intensive or costly and the co-ordination costs are high.
This is where DAD steps in. The authors ambitiously strive to seek a balance between the best of the Agile and Non-Agile project management body of knowledge. Their emphasis is on delivering solutions, not just software. Also, the authors also note the wisdom of leveraging existing infrastructure and enterprise solutions without building from scratch. This is still an Agile approach but one focused more on realities of the medium to large I.T. implementations rather than the small ones. Whereas most Agile approaches strive to keep teams as small as possible, this approach attempts to scale them up for larger projects by creating (potentially) multiple small teams but by putting in place a minimalist project management co-ordination necessary to keep those teams working for the same goals. The authors leverage Lean practices, Extreme Programming (XP), Open Unified Process (OpenUp), Scrum, Agile Modeling and Agile Data approaches, as well as a number of other sources, to scale up the successes that Agile approaches have had on smaller implementations.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Many "agile" buzzwords describing a 30 year old process January 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ultimately, when you strip the text of the agile terminology, what you get is an anecdotal description of a standard iterative approach, much better delivered in books like Walker Royce's "Software Project Management - A Unified framework". It reiterates what many software professionals already know: "Iterative" done right is agile. Worse, it brings no concrete metrics to back any of the claims and recommendations. The book addresses another well known fact: Traditional agile (usually meaning Scrum) does not scale up well for Enterprise IT projects requiring large project teams and delivering complex solutions.
The only redeeming value I found in the book is that it concentrates many well known engineering and Project Management best practices, but then again, books like Capers Jones's "Software Engineering Best Practices" do it better and back their findings with facts from well researched studies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor coverage of scaling Agile to the Enterprise September 16, 2013
By JWM
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Did not cover either the Portfolio or Program levels of Agile infrastructure. Same old info about Agile teams as has been covered before. Uses the Lean buzz word but does not cover Lean innovations like VSD to improve the process or deliverables.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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There are many books on agile, but this book is a true game changer. Ambler and Lines provide a new generation agile process framework that recognizes that most agile approaches do not provide enough guidance for the typical enterprise and that most mainstream agile strategies require significant changes to scale. Finally, a lightweight proven methodology that helps agile teams succeed across the entire agile delivery life cycle in the enterprise. If you have been struggling with agile, or sitting on the sidelines waiting for a more mature approach, this book is a must read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A book teach more than agile
Although some part of it is against agile principles from my view. But in general, it provide great tool-sets for agile practitioner. But be careful about trap there.
Published 6 months ago by Charlie
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent delivery
We are looking to move to more of a DAD process and this book allowed me to research and stay ahead of the game. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steve Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars The scaling Agile wars are over and DAD and SAFe won. (despite Ken...
DAD provides more piratical 'how to' solutions than a framework like SAFe that is more prescriptive. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Steven Mather
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for managers in software firms
I'm a director of tech support for a software products company in the electronic payments industry. Our industry is rife with legacy systems, regulation, domain complexity, and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Eugene
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive principles and practices for scaling agile
Scott and Mark combine into one comprehensive book (495 pages) all the practices that make up what they affectionately abbreviate DAD (disciplined agile delivery). Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ellen Gottesdiener
5.0 out of 5 stars An adult-only agile guide
No, this isn't 50-shades of grey, but if you are doing agile in the enterprise, you'll need to read this book first. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Gareth
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Book
Highly Recommended! A Masterpiece in its approach to Scrum and Agile strategies in the real world.
Every now and then a book comes along that sets new standards. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Carolyn Prior
5.0 out of 5 stars New DAD Methodology Addresses a Key Shortcoming in Scrum and Other...
For years, critics have been highlighting the biggest weakness of Scrum and other agile methods -- their "lightweight" approach to methodology and governance will not be accepted... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kevin Aguanno, PMP, MAPM, IPMA-B, CSM, CSP, Cert.APM
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