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April 2018

By now you may have heard about the tragic loss of Mike Beedle, one of the signatories of the Agile Manifesto and the thought leader behind Enterprise Scrum.  Mike passed away on March 24th and leaves behind a family that includes six children.

For those of us who were lucky enough to know Mike we’ll remember him as a generous and intelligent gentleman.  He made significant and ongoing contributions to the agile community and we’ll all miss him.

With respect for Mike and all that he has done for agile, the Disciplined Agile Consortium has donated to the Memorial Fund for Mike Beedle’s Family and we hope that you consider doing the same.

Rest in peace Mike.

Thank you to everyone who submitted presentations for DA DAY 2018 - we are reviewing all proposals and expect to announce the final agenda very soon.

DA DAY is 15th May 

REMINDER: Registration is open


Our Panelists have been announced for the DA DAY session "Implementing DA in Practice".  We are pleased to introduce:
  • Patti Creed, Vice President, Information Technology, MCAP
  • David Shapiro, Senior Director, Product & Engineering, Openlink
  • Carolyn Aulicino, Director, Technology Projects and Financial Services, Franklin Templeton Investments
  • Elaine Fraser, Manager, Disciplined Agile & Continuous Improvement, ICBC

As part of bringing more resources to you, we have asked our membership to provide feedback for the content of the Disciplined Agile Delivery Handbook, expected summer 2018 - thank you to everyone who took the time to give us your input.  See the Sneak Previews.

Our membership can now access the Disciplined Agile Consortium on mobile devices running iOS 10.0 or higher - see the overview.

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

Feel free to Contact Us anytime.

The DAC Team


In This Issue:

Sneak Previews

Introducing our newest:

Certified Practitioners

Certified Coaches

Spotlight on:

Certified Partners

Membership App for iOS

Keeping up with DA:

SCM Branching Strategies(March 2018)

Having issues with SAFe? Considering DA? Tell us about it… (April 2018)

Subscribe to the DA Blog



Interested in attending a workshop to become certified or to retain your certification?  Update your profile to "Opt-In" to receive Event Announcements or see our event page

Scheduled Workshops

Webinar via Zoom • Successful Agile Transformations Using Lean Change: Helping Organizations Achieve Business Agility • Mark Lines • 24 Apr 2018

CONFERENCE via Zoom • DA DAY 2018 • Agenda • 15 May 2018

Virtual via GoToWebinar® • DA105: Disciplined Agile In A Nutshell •  Saket Bansal • 23-24 May 2018

Registration opens soon for:

Greater London, UK • DA105: Disciplined Agile In A Nutshell • Dr. Sanjay Saxena • 12 May • 02 Jun • 07 July • 11 Aug • 01 Sep • 13 Oct • 10 Nov • 08 Dec

Greater London, UK • DA201: Product Owner: Enterprise Skills Workshop • Mark Lines • 29 Sep 2018

Speaking Engagements

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

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

  • 19 Jun 2018 12:00 PM EST
  • 18 Sep 2018 12:00 PM EST


Active Members may view any of our Recorded Membership Webinars through GoToWebinar®  to receive 1 hour education toward your recertification requirements.

DevOps Nirvana- What Is It and How Do I Get There? | Rolf Reitzig | 20 March 2018

Disciplined Agile Data Management | Scott W Ambler | 20 Feb 2018

Available Now

Published Case Studies

Resource Pages for ExecutivesDAEDAIT and Disciplined DevOps

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

Coming Soon

The Disciplined Agile Delivery Handbook: How to Own Your Agile Process

Do you subscribe to the Cutter Business Technology Journal? Watch for the Disciplined Agile: Roadmap to Business Agility edition.

the 12th annual  STATE of AGILE report sponsored by: VERSIONONE

Sneak Previews - for Active Members only

Early Summer 2018 we plan to publish The Disciplined Agile Delivery Handbook: How to Own Your Agile Process.  While we are writing this handbook we will publish excerpts for active DA members only.  We're doing this for two reasons:

  1. We want to let you know how DA is evolving.  
  2. We hope to get your feedback.  
    • Anyone who provides feedback which we act on will receive acknowledgement in the book and will receive a signed copy from us once it is available.
    • Subscribe to the Discussion Forum to provide timely feedback.

The following excerpts are available for preview and feedback:

Please use the Discussion Forum to provide feedback.

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

Bruno Bouchard, CDAP, Mind7 Services Inc., Canada

Michelle Harrison, CDAP, Canada

Michael Kogan, CDAP, Western Digital, Israel

We introduce our newest Coaches, and recognize the significant effort required to attain this designation:

Ovidiu Nanuti, CDAC

Certified since June 2016, Mr. Nanuti has acted as an advisor in the improvement of development processes and in Lean-Agile methodology with the various ministries and agencies of the Government of Québec.  During these interventions, Mr. Nanuti acted as a strategic adviser by accompanying senior managers in Agile and Lean organizational transformation and governance.

Since 2015, Mr. Ovidiu Nanuti has been responsible for Agile-Lean business practice at Levio Inc., a recent Certified DA Bronze Partner.  He is responsible for continuous improvement policies, including training, at Levio Conseils Inc. and published the case study at Desjardins.  See Mr. Nanuti's full bio here ...

Felice Pescatore, CDAC, DAC Advisory Council, translator, speaker

Innovation Manager and Microsoft MVP, Felice uses Agile / Lean approaches for the development of enterprise software solutions every day. In the last year he has dedicated himself to the world of Startups with Lean Startup and to the optimization of the Value Chain with DevOps, with an ever closer look at the world of the Internet of Things.

During the past two years Felice has been a great supporter of Disciplined Agile, providing thoughtful feedback as a member of the Advisory Council, helping to translate the 2015 book "Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery - First Edition", and is the creator and owner of the Italian DA LinkedIn Group.  Felice's specialization is DevOps, which he speaks about passionately.  See Felice's full bio here ...

D. Paul Sims, CDAC/CDAI

An early adopter of DAD, Mr. Sims has held a DA certification since 2014.  He has six years' experience coaching a 250-person, geographically distributed agile development team plus ten months' experience coaching three software development teams at a Canadian mortgage company as they adopted DAD. Most recently, Mr. Sims published the case study for MCAPSee Mr. Sims' full bio here ...

See all active Certified Coaches

Spotlight on Certified Partners:


Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada, and one of the largest employers in the country. It offers a full range of financial products and services and is home to a wealth of expertise in property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance, wealth management, services for businesses of all sizes, securities brokerage, asset management, venture capital, and secure, leading-edge virtual access methods.  Daniel Gagnon, CDAC/CDAI, Chef de Pratique Agile Mouvement, is facilitating Disciplined Agile at Desjardins.


Partnering with us since 2015, IndigoCube has brought Disciplined Agile to more than 650 IT professionals, with more than 50% of those trained earning a "Certified" designation.  We thank Jaco Viljoen, CDAP, Principal Consultant and Trainer, and his team for their dedication.

The Wild Apricot Membership App

Wild Apricot for members app version 1.0 was released on February 9, 2018 for iOS only.  The app was designed for the iPhone but is compatible with the iPad and iPod touch, and requires iOS version10.0 or later.

What you can do with the member app:

Expected in upcoming versions:

  • Delete existing event registrations
  • Update your profile

Keeping up with DA:

SCM Branching Strategies

A few weeks ago on the DA LinkedIn forum there was a discussion around software configuration management (SCM) branching strategies.  It was pointed out that DAD didn’t have much coverage of them, which was correct.  So we’ve decided to rectify the situation.  We’ve added a decision point, Choose an SCM Branching Strategy, to the Move Closer to Deployable Release process goal.  Read More ...

Having issues with SAFe? Considering DA? Tell us about it…

In our travels working with clients around the world we have run into many companies that have tried SAFe but are now struggling and looking for alternatives.  Last week we learned about a large bank that is abandoning SAFe and has chosen the Disciplined Agile (DA) framework to replace it across the board.  They have already trained over 700 employees on DA and roughly half of them have become certified.  Given this and other similar accounts, Scott and I have been thinking that we should write a blog on common SAFe pains and how DA can help.  We are not advocating getting rid of SAFe altogether, as it makes sense in some situations.  However, it must be said that SAFe is a set of prescribed decisions as a pattern applicable primarily for tackling very large development initiatives.  While most large organizations have hundreds of initiatives, very few, if any need to be delivered as program increments in a large batch fashion. Indeed from what we see most of these companies have far more small to medium sized initiatives for which SAFe makes no sense.  DA, on the other hand, is an inclusive hybrid of methods and practices that can be used as an overall framework, applicable in all situations, for initiatives of all sizes due to its adaptability.  So it makes more sense to use DA as the framework, and apply the SAFe pattern if and when appropriate, not the other way around.  This was the rationale for this bank’s decision and we have seen similar made elsewhere.

We are asking for your help with our upcoming blog outlining why organizations are backing away from SAFe.  We know it is happening, but our knowledge is limited to our own experiences, our DA partners, as well as stories passed on by members of the DA Advisory Council.  Despite the marketing propaganda, case studies, and admittedly commanding market share, there is another side to this story.  We are asking for your insights regarding your experiences with your SAFe adoptions.

For thought starters, here are some observations about SAFe adoptions that we have made:

  Read More ...

Are you evolving Disciplined Agile?  Contact Us to share your blogs / case studies / trainings / resources / speaking engagements ...



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