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Enterprise Agile: Disciplined Agile (DA) versus Spotify

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Choose the best enterprise agile framework for your organization. Learn about the features and benefits of Disciplined Agile vs. the Spotify approach.

An enterprise agile transformation is a very challenging organizational change. On top of that, there are many different approaches. Many organizations have a difficult time figuring out which approach is the best fit. In this course, instructor Doug Rose takes you through two of the top enterprise agile approaches. You can compare Disciplined Agile (DA), which is one of the most prescriptive enterprise agile frameworks, to the Spotify approach, which is more flexible. These two approaches can help you zero in on what might be the best change strategy for your organization. Should you focus more on process or should you focus more on agile teams? DA creates defined roles and processes that are designed to scale. The Spotify approach is more about teams and balancing a high degree of autonomy with organizational alignment. You can learn about the DA lifecycle and roles, its pragmatic approach to agile, and some of the challenges you may encounter with the framework. Then compare the Spotify model of squads, chapters, tribes, and guilds. Finally, you can see why Spotify might be challenging if you're just starting out with your agile teams.


  • Welcome
  • Two niche approaches
1. Starting with Disciplined Agile (DA)
  • Introduction to DAD
  • The big picture
  • Working with lifecycles
  • Primary roles
  • Secondary roles
2. Following a DA Lifecycle
  • Plan in the inception phase
  • Build in the construction phase
  • Deploy in the transition phase
3. Evaluating Disciplined Agile
  • Taking a step back
  • Seeing the challenges
4. Trying the Spotify Approach
  • Introducing the Spotify approach
  • Work in squads
  • Form tribes
5. Architecture
  • Set up chapters
  • Share knowledge in guilds
  • Build out the architecture
6. Pitfalls of the Spotify Approach
  • The Spotify balance
  • Next steps

Taught by

Doug Rose

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