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Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise Paperback – May 23 2012

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (May 23 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132810131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132810135
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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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,; 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


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

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The book is well structured. First 3 chapters are about Agile basic concepts. We are introduced on the definition of the DAD (Disciplined Agile delivery), its important characteristics and its relationship to all Agile flavors. Even a very knowledgeable reader of Agile, should pay attention on those chapters before reads the rest.
One of `DAD' framework's main characteristic is 'people first'. So the second part of the book (2 chapters) is about people and their roles. There is an excellent description of the roles and the teams. I like the mapping of the traditional roles with the agile roles (See figure in Page 80).
Parts 3, 4, 5 covers the whole lifecycle 'inception 'construction ' release' as it is guided based on DAD Framework.
I am most impressed that Authors covered all serious aspects of Agile SDLC using a 'global' view. There are more than one way to do things within the Agile framework. This book can assist you on your decision making.
Some examples:
Chapter's 8 'Choosing a Work Item management strategy' was one of my favorites. So many books oversimplify the selection of work items. First time I read, how you choose a management strategy for it. Another favorite is Chapter 9 'Choosing the Right Level of Detail- Choose the right type of models-Choosing a Modeling strategy' . It helps tremendously the reader to design his 'agile' approach.
Another favorite was Chapter 10 'Initial Release planning'. Starting with, who does planning , choosing right scope for the plan, choosing planning strategy before goes to formulating the schedule and estimating cost. It helped me to build some solid foundation on planning principals for Agile. Book is full of those 'due diligence' sections for all Agile core SDLC concepts.
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Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) is a must read for Agile practitioners who are looking for a framework that offers guidance to delivering consumable software products while following the discipline that the project and corporate structure demand. I like that this book covers the different agile methodologies and encompasses them in a common sense approach to project delivery while keeping an eye on risk mitigation.

The book is very well organized. It first introduces the reader to Agile principles and methodologies. After that, it describes the roles within a typical project, followed by the project life cycle. Within each chapter, there is a small mind map the outlines the concepts of the chapter, followed by details for each concept. Once the book gets into the life cycle of the project, the chapters end with a summary table that compares the advantages and disadvantages of strategies covered in that chapter.

If an organization is considering a move towards an Agile approach to I.T. project delivery, then having a flexible, adaptable framework should make Agile an easy sell. I would say with confidence that this book provides that framework.
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Great book. For experience Agilist and Lean Coach, it sometimes sounds repetitive on some basics, but the core is much appreciated for implementing Scaled Agility. We greatly appreciate the logical approach with no specific recipes but instead a framework that you can easily fit to your organisation and specific projects. It's highly flexible yet very intelligent approach. After Scrum then Scrumban, our company grew up to 6 agile teams that run very well. Problem was prior to the construction phase in what Scott calls Inception. We've now implemented that Inception phase and reviewed the roles and are seeing great improvements. We will now address the Portfolio Management and Value Streams. A must read for any manager or coach planing or working on scaling Agility!
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I just finished "Disciplined Agile Delivery". Although dense at times, it was quite an enjoyable read and will be very useful for larger organizations struggling to make agile processes work inside their existing (enterprise) environment. Even smaller companies will find things of value in here. Good stuff.
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