The ADES Framework is a goal-oriented framework that lets you track your progress on the way to adaptive systems, flexible development and business agility. While agile scaling frameworks or technological trends might give you an idea how to work or what to do, ADES gives you an idea what to achieve with these means. It lets you evaluate which methodologies or trend topics are purposeful in your organization.

So, ADES describes what a modern day development organization should focus on. In its six learning sectors it organizes the thinking behind agile methods, the DevOps movement and vertical systems architecture. Instead of adopting agile ideas in a cargo-cult fashion, ADES promotes goal-oriented experimentation: For example, try to use architectural suggestions instead of hard rules and link them with feedback ideas like fitness functions. Do developers take more responsibility? Is there a creativity boost? Based on the results you re-evaluate and move on.

The ADES Framework is the first to combine the technological and processual view on innovation. When the principles of agile product development and delivery are supported by flexible solutions that fit to the organizational scheme, they learn to fly for the first time. On the other hand, technological trends like Microservices, Containerization and hybrid agile/technical concepts like DevOps only pay off if you have the process, culture and motivation to support it. ADES shows both sides and emphasizes that neither should be tackled in isolation. That is especially true for bigger product development efforts or whole IT organizations taking on Agile Transformation, Digitalization, Microservices or any other buzzword trend of the past years.

ADES goals are the following: