17 Disciplined Agile Delivery Framework

THE DISCIPLINED AGILE DELIVERY (DAD) Framework is a hybrid agile approach developed by Scott Ambler:

Many organizations start their agile journey by adopting Scrum because it describes a good strategy for leading agile software teams. However, Scrum is only part of what is required to deliver sophisticated solutions to your stakeholders. Invariably teams need to look to other methods to fill in the process gaps that Scrum purposely ignores…”

DAD is a hybrid approach which extends Scrum with proven strategies from Agile Modeling (AM), Extreme Programming (XP), Unified Process (UP), Kanban, Lean Software Development, Outside In Development (OID) and several other methods. DAD is a non-proprietary, freely available framework. DAD extends the construction-focused lifecycle of Scrum to address the full, end-to-end delivery lifecycle from project initiation all the way to delivering the solution to its end users.1

  • The Disciplined Agile Delivery Framework developed by Scott Ambler is designed around a number of important characteristics:2
  • People first
  • Learning-oriented
  • Agile
  • Hybrid
  • IT solution-focused

TABLE 17.1 Goals for DAD Phases


  • Goal-driven
  • Delivery-focused
  • Enterprise aware
  • Risk- and value-driven
  • Scalable

DAD defines a lifecycle model consisting of three distinct phases. The goals for each phase in the lifecycle model are described in ...

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