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by Mark Lines

Despite claims to the contrary, the need for governance does not disappear for agile projects. Your project sponsors have a right to know the status of the health and risk of their investments. But trying to blend traditional agile methods such as Scrum with traditional stage gate approaches can cause frustration for both project teams and their stakeholders. Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) provides straightforward and common sense ideas for applying governance in a lightweight fashion for agile projects. DAD has been adopted organization-wide in some very large companies and in many cases the primary motivations have been related to its hybrid method approach as well as the built-in governance that it provides.

In this talk Mark reviews the four DAD lifecycles along with their associated phases and milestones. He will explain which milestones are highly recommended vs those that are considered optional. He will show how a lightweight Vision statement created in Inception can be used as a governance mechanism for moderating uncontrolled change that often happens on agile projects. Mark will share stories and tips about how to effectively apply these concepts to avoid late projects surprises.


Mark Lines is co-creator of the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) process framework and an Agile Coach with over 25 years of experience delivering software solutions across many industries. He specializes in helping organizations around the world with enterprise agile/lean transformations and adoption, writes for many publications, and is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.

As Managing Partner at Scott Ambler + Associates, he delivers workshops on DAD as well as other agile topics such as Disciplined Product Ownership. He also provides agile coaching and mentoring services for executives, project teams, and business stakeholders. He blogs about DAD at and is co-founder of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (