The latest IIL project management blog features a highly in-depth article for scum masters & others who use the Agile PM methodology


The Disciplined Agile Mindset

Principles of the Disciplined Agile mindset — This provides a philosophical foundation for business agility. The eight principles are are based on both lean and flow concepts:

1. Delight customers.
2. Be awesome. We should always strive to be the best that we can, and to always get better.
3. Context counts. Every person, every team, every organization is unique.
4. Be pragmatic. Our aim isn’t to be agile, it’s to be as effective as we can be and to improve from there.
5. Choice is good. Having choices, and knowing the trade-offs associated with those choices
6. Optimize flow. We want to optimize flow across the value stream
7. Enterprise awareness. Do what’s best for the organization and not just what’s convenient

The Promises — The promises of the Disciplined Agile mindset are agreements that we make with our fellow teammates, our stakeholders, and other people within our organization whom we interact with. The promises define a collection of disciplined behaviours that enable us to collaborate effectively and professionally. The seven promises are:

1. Create psychological safety and embrace diversity.
2. Accelerate value realization.
3. Collaborate proactively.
4. Improve predictability.
5. Keep workloads
6. Improve continuously.

The Guidelines — The guidelines of the Disciplined Agile mindset help us to be more effective in our way of working (WoW), and in improving our WoW over time. The eight guidelines are:

1. Validate our learnings.
2. Apply design thinking.
3. Attend to relationships through the value stream.
4. Create effective environments that foster joy.
5. Change culture by improving the system.
6. Create semi-autonomous self-organizing teams.
7. Adopt measures to improve outcomes.
8. Leverage and enhance organizational assets.