DAD – Disciplined Agile Delivery

When we talk about software development methodologies we refer to frameworks that help us optimize work processes of software development.

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The most popular is Scrum. This helps us with rules, meetings and forming work teams for the project’s developer. When implementing Scrum or other agile methodology, we are asked if the chosen process is the right for our company or project.

Not all company are equal; each one has different processes. In some, Scrum works perfectly, but in some business models, it doesn’t work correctly. We must have a global view of the company and implement a culture of DevOps (Developer Operations). With DevOps, we can have one specific goal: communication between the development team and IT, through collaboration, design, development, testing, and continuous integration.  

Scrum is widely developed on programmatic tasks, but it has flaws that depend on the organization. A solution is to improve Scrum with DAD (Disciplined Agile Delivery). DAD is a not prescriptive hybrid based on Scrum, XP, Kanban, and Lean. This tool is oriented to the culture DevOps.

DAD’s objective is to implement values, methodologies, and agile principles not only in software development, as in Scrum, but also from the definition of requirements, through development, to deployment and delivery with the client.

DAD sets goals in each project but does not specify how they should be accomplished. It also uses different options and advice on different methodologies to decide which strategy to follow for the project. An example, in DAD, the request handler has several options and not just the product backlog. DAD has several life cycles, and at each stage, it applies different methodologies such as Lean and Scrum.


Defined in Scrum as zero sprints, the goal is to set requirements, releases, multidisciplinary teams and self-organized.


Stage of development and delivery of a functional product. A mixture of Scrum and Lean to ensure a continuous flow of work.


Continuous deployment to production. Demo to stakeholders.

Another critical part is the working team wherein each life cycle the roles are not the same. The constant position change may make the team fell unmotivated and not organized. In this context, teams are incapable of facing challenges and having a clear objective of the company. This situation can affect many parts of the organization where short meetings must be planned to help clarify the course of the project.

As argued above you can already see the advantages and some disadvantages which they are.


  • Strict about the purpose of the organization.
  • It is flexible and scalable.
  • It works for large companies that have different products that are related.
  • Oriented to the communication of the people of the organization.
  • Thinking about people.
  • Great results with minimal effort.
  • Great capacity for change.


  • Vast knowledge of different methodologies of agile development.
  • The development team of the possible should be the same.
  • Recommended for large companies.
  • It is complex and can be poorly implemented.

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