The aim of the transformation process blade is to guide and govern your efforts towards becoming a learning organization. Your transformation journey isn’t just about adopting Disciplined Agile® (DA™), and it certainly isn’t about adopting a specific agile framework such as Scrum or SAFe®. The DA transformation strategy is to improve in place rather than a high-risk “big bang” approach. Figure 1 shows the high-level, three-step strategy.
Figure 1. Improve in place to become a learning organization. Click on each box to see that portion of the roadmap and click here for a large version of the diagram.
The three steps of the DA transformation strategy are:
- Align. You start where you are and identify the transformation path(s) that are right for you given your current situation. Successful transformation strategies are fit-for-purpose, reflecting the context that you face.
- Improve. Take the right improvement path for your situation. An organization that has never attempted an agile transformation, or who has had several failed attempts, should follow a different improvement path than an organization that has successfully adopted an agile framework such as Scrum or SAFe. The transformation of a business area such as Marketing, Finance, or People Management (Human Resources) requires a different approach than the transformation of a software development team. As you see in Figure 1, the DA transformation roadmap provides multiple, contextualized improvement paths.
- Thrive. In all cases you will apply the DA tool kit to help evolve into a learning organization. This should be your true improvement goal.