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Concluding Thoughts

The good news is that evidence clearly shows that agile methods deliver superior results compared to traditional approaches and that the majority of organizations are either using agile techniques or plan to in the near future. The bad news is that the mainstream agile methods—including Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), and Agile Modeling (AM)—each provide only a part of the overall picture for IT solution delivery. Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) is a hybrid process framework that pulls together common practices and strategies from these methods and supplements these with others, such as Agile Data and Kanban, to address the full delivery lifecycle. DAD puts people first, recognizing that individuals and the way that they work together are the primary determinants of success on IT projects. DAD is enterprise aware, motivating teams to leverage and enhance their existing organizational ecosystem, to follow enterprise development guidelines, and to work with enterprise administration teams. The DAD lifecycle includes explicit milestones to reduce project risk and increase external visibility of key issues to support appropriate governance activities by senior management.

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