FAQs – May 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

MAY 2021

Disciplined Agile (DA) helps you Choose Your WoW (Your Way of Working) for the unique situation you find yourself in. As a Toolkit and not a framework, DA shows you how to effectively combine strategies from Scrum, Agile Modeling, Lean, Extreme Programming, Kanban, Agile Data, SAFe®, and many other approaches in a tailor-able and scalable manner. The result is true business agility.

Want to know why, start here or contact us today and talk to a DA expert.

Think about your favourite sports team. They will have at least one coach and likely several. Coaches are there to make professionals at the top of their game.  The winning Team delights their Fans! Many successful businesses have Coaches who support guided continuous improvement and speed up the delivery of value to their stakeholders and customers. Coaching is a profession that requires many senior skills and real-world experience which is a huge benefit to the individual, team and enterprise; when done well.  A DA Coach is an awesome Coach, why not check out the reasons here.

Product owners (PO) help facilitate the capture of the needs and desires of the stakeholder community to an agile delivery team. What matters is not the job title, however, the role, thus it’s critical to have someone on your team who represents the customer’s voice and goals.  Because DA supports “People First” roles, the PO role is a very important role and usually, a senior product manager, project manager or business analyst fits nicely into this new role.  Of course, it takes education, and practice to become good at this role.  Some organizations switch between projects or products the person who is the PO or the TL (Team Lead or Scrum Master).  This means that one Project this person may be the PO and the next they are a TL.  For more information on DA Roles look here.

Here is a picture from PMI of the Agile Certification Journey.  Anyone from any industry or department can learn and benefit from Agile Certification.  Contact us anytime using the chat button if you wish to know more about our courses or where to start.  Because Disciplined Agile is continuous learning and improving, the journey never ends, and neither do the rewards!Agile Certification Journey

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Born 1965, San Antonio, Texas and lives in Dallas, Tx.
Mr. James, Ronald, Maverick holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at The University of Texas, San Antonio.

Mr. Maverick or JR as many call him is a “slick” but warm and friendly character in our upcoming book on the DevOps Mindset. Mr. Maverick cares about his IT team very much and could charm the socks off a Texas Longhorn. JR is liked by many in his organization; however, he is not as well trusted by the Overlords as he used to be. Mr. Maverick has a group of loyal staff, including Mr. Barker a bit of an opposite to JR. Of course, Mr. Barker would never call him JR; he would only call him Mr. Maverick because well, Mr. Maverick is his boss. Mr. Maverick has held many IT positions in the past, including starting as a Sales Professional for HP and IBM mini and mainframe computers. Over the years he has risen through the ranks to hold this senior position by delivering using high-paid consultants and Big name firms. He also received his promotion from outsourcing to a foreign country where he was able to reduce his IT spend significantly. Recently he has discovered (actually this was made painfully aware to him by the Overlords) that both the Offshore roadmap and use of external consultants was not giving him the value and velocity for his IT department, and he was probably paying more than he bargained for

So, after hearing a talk at a DevOps event by the Agents of Chaos, JR decided to enlist them to help with their digital transformation roadmap and help improve the value, focus and velocity of his department. However, MR. Maverick has a few ideas about agile and DevOps, something he has heard about for a while and read in various CIO magazines; he thinks of these as Marketing terms and something that can be bought. While Mr. Maverick has held on for many years to traditional IT ways of working he has come to the end of his tenure if he doesn’t do something fast and get DevOps working quickly as he has promised to the Overlords providing him with a little more rope to get the transformation completed more quickly as they view his IT department ageing, procrastinators who are not able to keep up with business demands. JR says in his mind, “I will get it done, they don’t call me Maverick for nothing!“