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Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise (IBM Press) by [Ambler, Scott W., Lines, Mark]
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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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  • Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (31 May 2012)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for managers in software firms 7 June 2013
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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 numerous other features that have influenced our mostly traditional, big requirements up front approach to software delivery. I'm a proponent of Lean that recently finished my MBA and I was looking for reading material on the Agile Enterprise so that I can act as a change agent in my department and firm.

This book is essential reading for managers in the software space, IMO. Scott and Mike manage to describe the principles and practices of DAD in a manner that does not come across as evangelistic like so many Agile books and proponents do. They are frank about the complexities of modern business and acknowledge the shortcomings and the advantages of both Agile and traditional methods. Their DAD framework is customisable with excellent advice and practical examples on how to implement it in the real world. They readily acknowledge that 'one size does NOT fit all' and that the same goes for Agile. It's clear they speak from years of experience and are experts in this domain.

If you want a book that describes both principles and practices, gives you guidance, options and suggestions without evangelistic and dogmatic decrees, then this is the book for you. It covers software delivery in an end to end fashion and will find a permanent place on my virtual bookcase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide for transitioning to agile development 2 September 2015
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Finally a perspective on agile that scales to the reality of public sector software projects. Recognizes that there is more to software than just coding. I especially like the goal driven approach with issues and options.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Techy! 15 June 2016
By Michelle Day - Published on
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Father's Day gift for a Techie Husband - he loves it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 January 2016
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Best basics book I've seen on Agile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New DAD Methodology Addresses a Key Shortcoming in Scrum and Other Agile Methods 18 August 2012
By Kevin Aguanno, PMP, MAPM, IPMA-B, CSM, CSP, Cert.APM - Published on
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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 in most large corporations, especially those with strict regulatory-driven (and similar) governance frameworks. Some agile practitioners take a naive approach and say "we don't need managers, financial forecasting, architecture review boards, and other unnecessary restrictions because we are being agile." While this sounds great in theory, it doesn't work in the real world.

Ambler and Lines, in this new book, close the gap found by the critics and present a practical structured approach to agile projects that gives the predictability and control required by governance frameworks, while still allowing the team to be responsive to change within the framework. It is a reasonable balance between the two competing priorities.

I found the book to be easy to read, well-structured, methodical, and enlightening. With the authors' experiences running or coaching agile teams in large corporate environments around the world, the book addresses the most common barriers experienced by teams trying agile for the first time in a large organization. All-in-all, it was a VERY GOOD investment of my time and money.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to everyone -- whether new to agile, or an experienced practitioner -- who wants to know how to make agile work in complex organizations.