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Hello all!

We're looking for speakers who'd be interested in presenting at our Agile conference in Cardiff next July! If you're an expert in the ways of agile methodology and like to gain some exposure in the Welsh community we'd love to hear from you. We'd also very much appreciate if you'd spread the word so we can make this conference a success and bring together likeminded professionals in this space. Get in touch!

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A few months ago we posted a whitepaper entitled Going Beyond Scrum that you may find interesting.

Any Advice on Enterprise Agility events and conferences for 2014? 

Thank you in advance!

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Good news we have extended our Kanban Ace Christmas promotion until December 31st! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
http://bit.ly/KanbanAceOnDemand
#agile #kanban #Christmas

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Great article by Ron Montgomery outlining Agile Project Management Metrics.

Originally posted by +Scott Ambler on LInkedIn

Why Disciplined Agile Delivery?

The Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) decision process framework, is a people-first, learning-oriented hybrid agile approach to IT solution delivery. It has a risk-value delivery lifecycle, is goal-driven, is enterprise aware, and is scalable. There are several clear benefits to adopting the DAD process framework: 
* DAD shows how agile techniques fit together. DAD is a hybrid that adopts strategies from a variety of sources, including Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Agile Modeling, Kanban, Outside In Development (OID) and many more. DAD’s process-goal driven approach shows how this all fits together, providing advice for when (and when not) to use each technique and the advantages and disadvantages of doing so. 
* DAD explicitly addresses architecture, DevOps, governance, and many other important development activities. The DAD process framework starts in the middle-ground with an easy-to-tailor, end-to-end strategy that’s has already thought through a lot of the hard questions for you.
* DAD is solution focused, not software focused. Yes, software is part of the equation but that software runs on hardware, we often also need to develop supporting documentation, we often evolve the business process, and even evolve the organization structure around the usage of the system. In other words, we're really producing solutions, not just software. 
* DAD promotes enterprise awareness over team awareness. DAD teams are enterprise aware, looking beyond the team to work towards common business and technical goals while leveraging and enhancing the existing infrastructure whenever possible. 
* DAD provides a foundation from which to scale. The starting point for scaling agile is to understand how agile strategies fit together from project initiation to delivery into production. 
* DAD provides a basis for enterprise agile. As organizations move towards a true "enterprise agile" approach they often find that they need to adopt either DAD as a foundation or invest a fair bit of effort inventing something similar. They are also starting to adopt strategies from the SAFe framework, or reinventing such, as well as ideas from sources such as EUP, ITIL, and even CoBIT. 

In short, DAD provides a lot of proven advice culled from years of experience applying agile software techniques in enterprise-class environments. Instead of figuring all of this stuff out on your own, why not jump ahead and leverage the hard-won lessons learned from other organizations that have already dealt with the challenges that you're struggling with today? 

However, be forewarned: DAD doesn't provide a simplistic, feel-good strategy that you can learn in a few hours of training. Instead it defines a coherent, tailorable strategy that reflects the realities of enterprise IT. 

Upcoming DAD Workshops:
If you’re interested in learning more about DAD, there are several open enrollment workshop scheduled in the near term, including:
June 19-21: Brussels
June 24-26: Toronto
June 24-26: Irvine
July 10-12: Denver
July 17-19: St. Louis
For details, visit http://disciplinedagileconsortium.org/events

Further Resources:
- Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) site: http://DisciplinedAgileDelivery.com
- Disciplined Agile Consortium, http://DisciplinedAgileConsortium.org
- The DAD book: Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise, http://ambysoft.com/books/dad.html

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50 posts on my blog on agile software development in the enterprise building customer facing data applications
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