Disciplined Agile

Govern Team

This ongoing process goal describes how we will govern an agile or lean delivery team well. Effective governance is based on motivation and enablement, not command and control. To be effective, we need to consider several important questions:

  • How can leadership motivate staff to be enterprise aware?
  • How can leadership enable teams to follow their vision?
  • How will we provide visibility to our stakeholders?
  • How will we regularly determine how we will move forward as a team, if at all?
  • How will we run reviews, if at all?
  • How will we run demonstrations? 
2021 Project Management Institute Govern Team v5.2 Motivate Enterprise Awareness Collaboratively developed vision Collaborative enterprise groups Collaborate with other teams Educate staff Communicate vision Roadmaps and guidance (lightweight) Roadmaps and guidance (detailed) Enable Teams Empowered teams Host leadership Clear roles and responsibilities Infrastructure as code Whole governance Servant leadership Exceptions to the rules Specialized/siloed governance Autocratic leadership Provide Transparency Automated dashboards Consistent metric categories Visualize control process/workflow Information radiators Self-serve demo environment Demos Definition of ready (DoR)/definition of done (DoD) Milestone reviews Update release plan Status reports Consistent metrics Go-Forward Strategy Cancel Continue as before Deploy internally Deploy into production Increase funding Reduce funding Run an experiment Pivot Milestone Review Strategy Automated review Lightweight milestone reviews Regular go-forward decision None Formal milestone reviews (quality gates) Demo Strategy All-hands demo Impromptu demo Scheduled (iteration/sprint) demo Self-serve demo

Figure 1. The Govern Delivery Team process goal diagram (click to enlarge)

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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.