Disciplined Agile

Governing Agile Teams

An important, yet seldom discussed, topic is how do you govern agile teams? This is rather strange considering that agile teams are in fact being governed whether you choose to recognize this or not. If someone is keeping an eye on the budget, or the level of quality being produced, or whether you are producing something of value for your stakeholders then you are being governed. If there are defined roles and responsibilities for team members then you’re being governed. If you are following common security or data guidelines, or working towards a common roadmap or strategic outcomes, or providing visibility people outside of your team then you are being governed. The real question, is are you being governed well?

The DA tool kit is one of the few places where governance strategies are an explicit aspect of the overall approach. This includes governance of individual teams as well as governance at the organizational level.  In this article, which is focused on team-level governance, we address the following topics:

  1. What is(n’t) Agile Team Governance?
  2. Why agile team governance?
  3. Strategies that enable team governance
  4. Supporting agile team governance
  5. Observations about agile team governance
Team Governance

Figure 1. Governing Disciplined Agile Teams.