Inception Goals

The Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) portion of the DA process toolkit includes an explicit Inception phase – sometimes called a project initiation phase, start-up phase, or iteration/sprint zero – which is conducted before Construction. The primary purpose of this phase is to do just enough work to get your team going in the right direction. You will likely need to perform some initial requirements modeling, some initial architecture modeling, some initial planning, and other organizational activities to do this. An Inception effort is required when:

  • You are initiating a product team.
  • You are taking a project-based approach.
  • Your existing team has pivoted in a significantly different direction than what they were taking before and need to come to a common vision as to where they are now heading.

The Inception process goals are listed in the following diagram.

Inception Goals

Form Initial Team Align With Enterprise Direction Explore Initial Scope Identify Initial Architecture Strategy Develop Initial Release Plan Develop Initial Test Strategy Develop Common Vision Secure Funding


The Inception process goals are: