Disciplined Agile

Views Within the Disciplined Agile Tool Kit

Architectural views are themes that cut across all layers of the Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit. There are four views, as you see in Figure 1.

DA Architecture Views

Figure 1. The four architectural views of the DA tool kit (click to enlarge) 

In order of importance, the architectural views of the DA tool kit are:

1. Mindset. Mindset addresses the issue of “How do you think?”  The DA mindset is captured in the form of principles, promises, and guidelines and it provides a common foundation for DA practitioners. Disciplined agilists believe in the principles, so we promise to adopt these behaviors and follow these guidelines when doing so. Furthermore, each process blade extends the DA mindset with one or more philosophies that are specific to that process blade. Figure 2 depicts the mindset for data management where you can see that several philosophies specific to that blade build upon the base DA mindset.  We do this because practitioners of each blade, such as Finance, Sales, Enterprise Architecture, Governance, and so one each have their own specific belief systems, priorities, and experiences. By extending the foundational principles, promises, and guidelines with philosophies, the DA tool kit embraces and respects the different viewpoints that people bring to the mix.

Data Management Mindset

Figure 2. The Disciplined Agile (DA) mindset for data management (click to enlarge)

2. People. The people view addresses the issue of “Who are you and how are you organized?”  This view is captured via roles and responsibilities, team structures, and organization structures.

3. Flow. The flow view addresses the issue of “How do you work together?”  Flows, also called workflows or process flows, are captured as life cycles or workflow diagrams.  Figure 3 depicts the Exploratory life cycle and Figure 4 the internal process flow for the data management process blade.


Figure 3. DAD’s Exploratory (Lean Startup) life cycle (click to enlarge)


Figure 4. Internal workflow for Data Management (click to enlarge)

4. Practices. This view addresses the issue of “What do you do?”  There are thousands of potential strategies and practices, techniques, that you may choose to adopt, and people should strive to choose the most appropriate techniques given the context of the situation that they face. To help guide you through these decisions, the DA tool kit provides goal diagrams that enable you to easily navigate your choices.

Data Management

Figure 5. The process goal diagram for data management (click to enlarge)