PMI Disciplined Agile



Organizations know they need to be more Agile, but in in too many cases view Agile as a one-size-fits-all methodology. Leveraging a cookie-cutter approach doesn’t allow businesses and teams to reap the full benefits of Agile, which in turn makes people question the value of the methodology overall. But Agile offers a full scope of methodologies and frameworks that can meet the needs of a variety of project objectives – from Scrum to Lean to Kanban and beyond.

Understanding the needs of the specific project at hand and leveraging the appropriate methodology and framework is key to your project’s success. The question is: how do we navigate the myriad of methodologies and frameworks that exist?

Organizations need a way to cut through the clutter. Since merging last summer, PMI and Disciplined Agile (DA) have been working to help organizations do just that.

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There is more than one approach to Agile, and it’s important to understand what makes the most sense for your project. Teams must be empowered to choose and evolve the process to what works best for their situation and address any obstacles that may arise.

We call this Choose your WoW®. 

To be an effective project manager and lead a successful team, you must know how to choose a WoW appropriate to the specific situation you’re facing. A single “standard” process or collection of “best practices,” may not fit for what your team needs. At the same time, your teams must be able to choose and then improve their WoW as their situation evolves. 

As organizations continue to adopt this approach, DA helps organizations choose their WoW in a context-sensitive manner.

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Disciplined Agile Certifications

Disciplined Agile Scrum Master

  • Course length: 14 hours
  • Prerequisites: No experience needed
  • Course Description

Is your team treading water using waterfall? Do you feel trapped in an agile framework? Would you like to findsolutions to the problems you’ve been wrestling with? Are you looking for ways to enhance your team’sagility?

Break free from your old ways by choosing a way of working that fits your team’s context. Find strategies toimprove your processes and strengthen your team with the Disciplined Agile tool kit.

Disciplined Agile Scrum Master is a nine-lesson, instructor led course that shows you how to use DisciplinedAgile (DA) to improve your team’s way of working. In just two days, you’ll become familiar with foundationalagile and lean practices that DA supports, practice using the tool kit to solve problems, and learn how to buildhigh-performance teams.

Filled with activities, animations, supplemental reading, and more, this course will prepare you to take the Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM) exam and, equally important, start using Disciplined Agile immediately.

  • Learning Objectives
    • Describe the significance of the Disciplined Agile Mindset
    • Describe what business agility is and how it is core to value proposition of Disciplined Agile
    • Define the eight DA principles and how they are core to what sets Disciplined Agile apart from other agile frameworks 
    • Determine which situations each of the DA life cycles is best applied
    • Apply the DA Practice of choosing a team's way of working (WoW)
    • Describe the foundations of Agile
    • Explain how people are organized into DA teams
    • Define the primary DA roles and how they each are key to the success of a self-organizing agile team • Describethe 5 Primary DA roles
    • Explain how to help your team work well together (Lean principle “Respect people”)
    • Describe the inception phase and why it is important
    • Discuss how to use the DA tool kit to tailor your way of working within a select phase according to context
    • Describe Agile techniques and ceremonies relevant to Inception
    • Describe the Construction phase and why it is important.
    • Discuss how to use the DA tool kit to tailor your way of working within a select phase according to context
    • Describe Agile techniques and ceremonies that take place during Construction
    • Explain how to Eliminate Waste and Build Quallity In (Lean principles)
    • Explain how to Deliver Value Quickly (Lean principle)
    • Describe the Transition phase and why it is important.
    • Discuss how to use the DA tool kit to tailor your way of working within a select phase according to context
    • Describe the Ongoing phase and why it is important.
    • Discuss how to use the DA tool kit to tailor your way of working within a select phase according to context
    • Explain how to Learn Pragmatically (Lean principle)
    • List and define the principles of Lean
    • Recognize when to be resilient


Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master

  • Course Length: 15 hours
  • Prerequisites: Two years of experience working on an agile team in a leadership role, like DA scrum master, scrum master,product owner, architecture owner, etc.
  • Course Description

Do you want to take Disciplined Agile to a new level? Are you looking for tools to solve complex problemsand enhance your organization’s agility? Do you want to learn how to lead your team to excellence? 

Expandyourknowledge and build practical skills around Disciplined Agile, business agility, leadership, and team development.

Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master is a nine-lesson, instructor-led course that shows you how to use the Disciplined Agile tool kit to solve a variety advanced problems, work with allies within your organization, and optimize how teams work. You will gain knowledge in planning, reporting, and metrics, and coordinatingactivities, as well as how to meet challenges in these areas. And you’ll develop the skills you need to fosteremotional intelligence, resolve conflicts, and lead high-performance teams at any stage of development.

Filled with activities, supplemental reading, and more, this course will prepare you to take the DisciplinedAgile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM) exam and, equally important, start using Disciplined Agile immediatelywithin your leadership role.

  • Learning Objectives
    • Describe the roles and responsibilities of DASSM
    • Describe the Tuckman Team Development Model (Tuckman, 1965).
    • Practice a team development activity for the forming stage.
    • Practice a team development activity for the storming stage.
    • Practice a team development activity for the norming stage.
    • Practice a team development activity for the performing stage.
    • Solve problems by identifying teams at various stages of development.
    • Identify and describe various methods of Team decision making
    • Define emotional intelligence and explain why it is essential to team performance.
    • Explain how to achieve each component of resilience and outlook.
    • Explain how to achieve each component of emotional intelligence “with self.”
    • Explain how to achieve each component of emotional intelligence “with others.”
    • Explain why business agility is important to an organization’s viability.
    • Describe how other business areas such as finance, legal, marketing, sales, and procurement can contribute toan organization’s overall business agility.
    • Use the spider chart to identify and analyze tactical scaling factors in more complex situations.
    • Describe the scope and purpose of the Disciplined DevOps layer.
    • Use the DA tool kit to optimize how the team works with the Disciplined DevOps layer.
    • Use the DA tool kit to identify and help resolve challenges that teams face in the Disciplined DevOps layer.
    • Explain how to optimize delivery with the “test -first” method as it relates to the qual ity of requirements • Describethe “test -first” method as it relates to continuous delivery
    • Describe what the criteria for “done” might look like
    • Describe the scope and purpose of the value stream layer.
    • Use the DA tool kit to optimize how teams work with the value stream layer
    • Use the DA tool kit to identify and help resolve challenges that the delivery teams face in the value stream layer.
    • Explain the purpose of the Coordinate Activities process goal and why it is important.
    • Explain how to improve the value creation structure of teams
    • Use the DA tool kit to optimize the flow of work and solve challenges related to coordinating and collaboratingacross teams, or within a larger team of teams.
    • List examples of when conflict can be healthy within an individual and within a group.
    • Explain the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Resolution Model and its components relative to concern for self and concernfor others.
    • Identify the DA role responsible for planning.
    • Describe the concept of sufficient planning.
    • List and define the five levels of scope and who focuses on each.
    • Demonstrate how to solve a planning problem using the Release Planning goal diagram.
    • Explain how to implement just-in-time planning using a Gantt chart.
    • Identify how your team can improve planning using two goal diagrams: Release Planning and Produce a PotentiallyConsumable Product (Plan Your Work decision point).
    • Explain how to accurately forecast release dates and costs
    • Explain the difference between an MVP and an MBI
    • Explain how teams approach metrics.
    • Explain how organizations approach metrics.
    • Explain what types of measurement work and what do not work.
    • Explain how to choose and design specific metrics to measure improvements against areas related to teamperformance that need improvement (GQM, OKRs)
    • Demonstrate how to solve a measurement problem using the Govern Delivery Team goal.

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