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January 2018

Thank you for helping set the direction of Disciplined Agile by responding to our surveys, and continuing to grow Disciplined Agile by engaging with us on LinkedIn and twitter.

2017 was a year with significant growth - we welcomed hundreds of DA Members, renewed many certified members and gained new partners - our newest partner is Franklin Templeton Investments.  44% of our members have earned a "Certified" Designation.

We have published two Case Studies, their overview is below.  If you have a case study or blog to share on the results of DA in your organization, please share it with us.

We look forward to bringing you more resources, as well as updated resources, during 2018.  To see what is on everyone's mind, read the "Top 7" list of topics from our webinar survey this past November.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to give us your input.

Haven't been to the website lately?  We continue to revamp the Disciplined Agile Consortium website in preparation for significant changes during 2018.  See our new Resource page for Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) - feedback is welcome.

We welcome your feedback and your comments related to Certification, Membership and the evolution of Disciplined Agile.

Feel free to Contact Us anytime.

In This Issue:

Case Studies:

Tungsten Network PLC


Introducing our newest:

Certified Practitioners

Certified Instructors

Spotlight on:

Certified Partners

Survey Results:

Top 7 Topics Countdown

Keeping up with DA:

The Oath for an Agile Coach: Great Start, But We Need to do Better(November 2017)

Building Your IT Support Environment (November 2017)

Disciplined Agile and SEMAT(December 2017)

Defining MVP, MMF, MMP, and MMR (December 2017)

The Disciplined Agile Product Management Mindset (January 2018)

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Scheduled Workshops


GoToWebinar® • FREE membership webinar • AGILE FRAMEWORKS AND PROCESS AUTOMATION – IS IT THE RIGHT APPROACH? • Joe Biggs • 23 Jan 2018 12:00 PM EST



GoToWebinar® • FREE MEMBERSHIP WEBINAR • Topic TBD • Presenter TBD • 20 Feb 2018 12:00 PM EST

Virtual via GoToWebinar® • DA105: DISCIPLINED AGILE IN A NUTSHELL •  SAKET BANSAL • 21-22 Feb 2018

GoToWebinar® • FREE MEMBERSHIP WEBINAR • Topic TBD • Presenter TBD • 20 Mar 2018 12:00 PM EST

Speaking Engagements

Are you attending the following conferences?The Disciplined Agile sessions are always very popular: 

London, UK • Disciplined Agile Keynote - Opening keynote to be delivered by Scott W Ambler at Global Agile Development and Innovation Summit • 15 March 2018

London, UK • Disciplined Agile in the City - Giles Lindsay - Agile in the City 2018  19 April 2018

Stowe, Vermont  Disciplined Agile Data Warehousing - Keynote to be delivered by Scott W Ambler, World Wide Data Vault Consortium 2018  17 May 2018

Banff, Alberta • Agile Open Canada - Come meet Mark Lines & other Agile practitioners to learn, teach, engage, listen, laugh and share your passion for doing things better!  28-29 May 2018


Free WEBINARS • Topics TBD • Presenters TBD • Details for these webinars will be available once registration opens

  • 17 Apr 2018 12:00 PM EST
  • 15 May 2018 12:00 PM EST
  • 19 Jun 2018 12:00 PM EST


View any of our Recorded Membership Webinars through GoToWebinar®  to receive 1 hour education toward your recertification requirements.

Disciplined Agile Release Management: Going Beyond Agile Release Trains by Scott W Ambler, December 19, 2017

Disciplined Agile Operations and Support: Principles, Strategies and Teaming Structures for Disciplined DevOps by Scott W Ambler, November 21, 2017

Available Now

An Executive's Guide to Disciplined Agile: Winning the Race to Business Agility (Ambler & Lines, 2017)

Coming Soon

Resources Pages for DAE, DAIT and Disciplined DevOps

Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Small Agile Team's Journey from Scrum to Continuous Delivery (2nd Edition)

Case Studies:

Tungsten Network transformation using Disciplined Agile over the last 12 months Case Study (by Giles Lindsay, CDA | December 2017)

Scott Ambler + Associates Delivers Disciplined Agile to MCAP  Case Study (by D. Paul Sims, CDAP/CDAI | January 2018)

We recognize our newest Practitioners, and appreciate the work involved in earning this designation: 

Ron Angel, CDAP, OpenLink Financial LLC, USA

Christopher Babbino, CDAP, OpenLink Financial LLC, USA

Ada Chan, CDAP, OpenLink Financial LLC, USA

John Donath, CDAP, OpenLink Financial LLC, USA

Matt Everard, CDAP, Senior Consultant, Canada

Richard Herrett, CDAP, RSAC Consulting Ltd, UK

Sunil Kumar, CDAP, Capgemini Consulting, India

Jonathon Muse, CDAP, Consortium Health Plans, USA

Anthony Trotta, CDAP, OpenLink Financial LLC, USA

Geri Winters, CDAP, Senior Consultant, USA

We congratulate our newest Certified Instructor, and look forward to Carolyn helping Franklin Templeton professionals be successful with Disciplined Agile:

Carolyn Aulicino, CDAP/CDAI, Franklin Templeton Investments, USA

Carolyn is an IT Director and has been involved in many aspects of Application Development and Project Management over the past 25 years. She has been leveraging Agile Scrum since 2014 and began leveraging Disciplined Agile in 2016. She is currently responsible for the roll out of Disciplined Agile globally for Franklin Templeton Investments.

We welcome back:

Rajshekhar Chittoory, CDAP/CDAI, SKTekki, India

Certified since 2015, Rajshekhar is an experienced Lean-Kanban-Agile transformation consultant, coach and a trainer. He has worked with small, medium and large scale organizations to adopt Agile and help his clients to build capabilities to sustain their Agile and Kanban-Lean adoption. Rajshekhar is currently facilitating DA workshops throughout India and Australia.

Spotlight on Certified Partners:


At Franklin Templeton Investments, we’re dedicated to one goal: delivering exceptional asset management. To that end, we leverage what we believe to be our core strengths, including our unwavering Focus on Investment Excellence, Global Perspective Shaped by Local Expertise, and the Strength and Experience of our firm.  Disciplined Agile at Franklin Templeton is under the guidance of Carolyn Aulicino,CDAP/CDAI, Director, Technology Projects and Financial Services

Levio was launched with a view to build a team of outstanding experts and make the team its main asset. Indeed, our commercial reputation stems from the strong personality, dedication and competency of those women and men who make up our team.

Our mission: Act as a leading partner who adds value to our clients’ businesses by applying our experience and knowledge, and the creativity and dedication of our experts.

Our driving force is our will to deliver solutions that apply new technologies to increase our clients’ productivity and profitability.

Ovidiu Nanuti, Strategic IT Advisor is shepherding Disciplined agile at Levio

Survey Results- Top 7 Topics Countdown

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our request for webinar topics during 2018.  We are doing our best to schedule webinars on the topics suggested.  In the meantime, follow the links to our most current information, and begin a discussion with the linked-in group for more ideas.  Here is the countdown for the Top 7 Topics:

7) 70% chose the process The DA Enterprise

6) 71% chose the Primary Role-Team Lead [see Chapter 4 of Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner’s Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise (IBM Press, 2012)]

5) 71% chose DAIT-Enterprise Architecture

4) 73% chose DevOps-IT Operations

3) 74% chose DAIT-Continuous Improvement

2) 81% chose DevOps-Release Management

1) 89% chose DAE-Business Operations

Watch for your invitation to all the free membership webinars.

Keeping up with DA:
The Oath for an Agile Coach: Great Stars, But We Need to do Better

I recently ran into The Oath for an Agile Coach.  There are clearly some great ideas in the oath and it would be hard to argue that you wouldn’t want to adopt the advice contained within it.  So I won’t do that.  However, I do feel that there are some serious challenges surrounding the oath but that with a bit of hard work we could do better.

Some Great Ideas Here

Frankly, what’s not to like?  The oath promotes the idea that coaches should do no harm, that they’re guests, that they should respect learnings, that they value discretion, and many other wonderful philosophies.  Several of them are arguably a bit naive, for example:  Read More ...

Building Your IT Support Environment

An important aspect of Support that is easily forgotten is the need to build out your infrastructure to enable your support efforts.  This may include:

  • Creating a support knowledgebase so that your Support Engineers can capture solutions to the problems they solve.
  • Provide access to the support knowledgebase to support self-service by end users.  This access is often limited for privacy reasons – end users should have access to solutions to common problems but not the details to specific incidents.
  • A support environment to simulate problems.  In some cases, such as an online trading system perhaps, you don’t want your Support Engineers trying to diagnose end user problems on the live system itself due to potential side effects of doing so.
  • Installing communication systems such as chat software and a phone/call in system.
  • Automated support systems such as integrated voice response (IVR) and artificial intelligence (AI)/bots

Read More ...

Disciplined Agile and SEMAT

’m happy to announce that the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC) is now working with SEMAT. SEMAT, Software Engineering Method and Theory, is an international community of people, companies, and universities.  Led by Ivar Jacobson, SEMAT is working together to create a common ground, or kernel, for software engineering.  As you may know I am one of the original signatories who first indicated their support for the SEMAT effort and am currently a member of the SEMAT advisory board.

So why are we working with SEMAT?  We hope to gain several benefits:   Read More ...

Defining MVP, MMF, MMP and MMR

The term minimal viable product (MVP) has achieved buzzword status in recent times and I’m now hearing people throwing around the term MVP almost on a daily basis.  Sometimes they’re using it correctly but many times they aren’t.  Frankly it’s driving me nuts.

The issue is that it’s common for people to say MVP when they are actually talking about a minimal marketable feature (MMF), a minimal marketable product (MMP), or even a minimal marketable release (MMR).  As you can see, these terms are very similar to one another so we shouldn’t be surprised that there’s a bit of confusion around them.  So let’s try to clear things up.  

Read More ...

The Disciplined Agile Product Management Mindset

Building on the ideas captured by the Disciplined Agile Principles and the Disciplined Agile Manifesto, there are several agile/lean philosophies that are critical to success in Product Management.  These philosophies are:   Read More ...

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