The PMI Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit is a hybrid that builds upon the solid foundation of other methods and software process frameworks. DA adopts practices and strategies from existing sources and provides advice for when and how to apply them together. In one sense sources such as Scrum, Kanban, PMBOK® Guide, and more provide the process bricks and DA the mortar to fit the bricks together effectively.
One of the great advantages of agile and lean is the wealth of practices, techniques, and strategies available to you. This is also one of its greatest challenges because without something like the DA tool kit it’s difficult to know what to choose and how to fit them together. In many ways Disciplined Agile (DA) does the “heavy process lifting” for you in that it shows how all of these great ideas fit together, enabling you to get on with delighting your customers.
Why do we do this? Because all practices, all strategies, are contextual in nature. There are no “best practices.” Instead, every practice makes sense in some situations but not others. There are benefits to following a practice but there are also drawbacks. DA surfaces the multitude of practices/strategies available to you, it makes the trade-offs of them explicit so that you can choose practices that are most likely going to work for you in the situation that you face. This in turn enables you to choose a way of working (WoW) that is best for you, and then evolve that WoW via guided continuous improvement (GCI) as your situation evolves.
Some of the Sources for Disciplined Agile