Disciplined Agile

Align With Enterprise Direction

This Inception process goal describes how our team will ensure that what we’re about to do reflects the overall strategy of our organization. We will want to understand both the technical and business strategies that are relevant to our situation and to identify existing assets that we can leverage to streamline what we’re doing.

2021 Project Management Institute Align With Enterprise Direction v5.2 Align With Roadmaps Business roadmap Staffing roadmap Technology roadmap Adopt Common Guidelines Architecture Branding Coding Data Documentation Risk management Security Tool User interface (UI) Adopt Common Templates Minimal Comprehensive None Reuse Existing Infrastructure Domain components (microservices, ...) Web services Tooling Applications/systems Frameworks Data sources Components Code Align With Governance Strategies Control Data Enterprise architecture Financial Quality People management Release management Security

Figure 1. The Align with Enterprise Direction process goal diagram (click to enlarge)

As you can see in the goal diagram, we need to address several important questions:

  • What are the standards and guidelines we should follow?
  • What templates should we adopt?
  • How will we go about reusing existing enterprise assets?
  • What governance strategies will we need to work under?

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Choose Your WoW!

The strategies/practices referenced in the goal diagram above are described, including the trade-offs involved and considerations for when (not) to apply them, in the book Choose Your WoW! A Disciplined Agile Delivery Handbook for Optimizing Your Way of Working.

If you want to succeed at enterprise agile you need choices, not prescriptions.