Is your team treading water using waterfall? Do your team members feel trapped in an agile framework that doesn’t seem to fit? Are you looking for ways to improve your processes and your team’s agility?
Disciplined Agile® Scrum Master (DASM) helps project managers not only understand the benefits of agile, but to make it work for their specific organization and industry. Disciplined Agile helps teams break free from old ways and customize a way of working (WoW) that fits their context.
DASM Course Overview & Benefits
Disciplined Agile® Scrum Master is a nine-lesson, instructor-led course that shows students how to use Disciplined Agile to improve WoW.
In just two days, students will become familiar with the foundational agile and lean approaches that Disciplined Agile supports, use the Disciplined Agile tool kit to solve problems and learn how to build high-performance teams. The Disciplined Agile tool kit includes hundreds of proven project management practices (including Scrum, Kanban and SAFe® ) and puts them into context.
This engaging and interactive DASM course will prepare students to take the Project Management Institute (PMI)® DASM certification exam and, equally important, start using Disciplined Agile immediately.
DASM Certification Exam Prep
This course provides excellent preparation for the PMI DASM certification exam. DASM certification equips project managers to successfully lead agile teams. As agile becomes the go-to approach for many organizations and industries, project managers need to demonstrate knowledge, skills and experience in this area.
Upon completing this DASM certification training course, candidates will be eligible to sit for the exam which must be taken within 60 days of application. The Scrum Master DASM exam is non-proctored and administered online through Pearson VUE. Upon successful completion, the candidate will receive a badge and certification, which is valid for one year.
Who can take this DASM course?
This course is for project managers who wish to gain a DASM certification or anyone who wishes to learn Disciplined Agile principles. This course is ideal for teams that want to work together to learn Disciplined Agile and customize their WoW.
There is no prerequisite to take this course. It is appropriate for people who are new to agile, though some basic familiarity is helpful.
Describe the significance of the Disciplined Agile Mindset
Define Disciplined Agile and its principles, promises and guidelines
Describe how Disciplined Agile is an agnostic hybrid of approaches that leverages strategies from a variety of sources
2. Describe what business agility is and how it is core to the value proposition of Disciplined Agile
Define business agility
Identify the full range of business agility
3. Define the 8 Disciplined Agile Principles and how they are core to what sets Disciplined Agile apart from other agile frameworks
Recognize the importance of making Delight Customers a priority
Describe how Being Awesome is important for building a great agile team
List the five levels of awareness (Enterprise Awareness)
Identify how different contexts require different strategies—teams need to be able to own their own process and experiment to discover what works in practice (Choice Is Good)
Identify how Disciplined Agile provides guardrails to make better process choices, not strict rules that may not even be applicable (Pragmatism Over Purism)
Identify the potential factors to consider regarding the context of a given situation faced by a team (Context Counts)
Identify the large number of strategies the Disciplined Agile tool kit supports to Optimize Flow
Explain the importance of organizing around products/services
4. Understand the different Disciplined Agile life cycles, when to use each, and who determines the life cycle
Agile life cycle
Lean life cycle
Continuous delivery agile life cycle
Continuous delivery lean life cycle
Exploratory life cycle
Program life cycle
Business agile and business lean life cycles
5. Apply the Disciplined Agile practice of selecting a team's WoW
List the five steps for choosing your WoW
Analyze a team’s context using the spider chart
List factors impacting context when choosing a team's WoW
Select the best-fit life cycle using the decision tree
6. Describe the foundations of agile
Compare and contrast agile and waterfall
List the benefits of being agile
Outline the agile iterative way of working
List and define the artifacts and ceremonies of agile
7. Explain how people are organized into Disciplined Agile teams
Compare and contrast leaders to managers
Identify roles that can be leaders
Describe potential, primary and secondary roles on Disciplined Agile teams
8. Define the five primary Disciplined Agile roles, their responsibilities, and how they are key to the success of a self-organizing agile team
9. Discuss how to use the Disciplined Agile tool kit to tailor a team’s WoW within a select phase according to context
Explain what it means to be goal-driven
Define process blades and how they are used inside Disciplined Agile
Describe the purpose of a goal diagram
Describe how to read a goal diagram
Describe the process goals of DAD
Rank and select process goals according to their relevance to the phase and the team’s context
Identify key practices for the team try using goal diagrams
10. Describe the Inception phase and identify its associated process goals
Describe agile techniques and ceremonies relevant to Inception
Define user stories
Describe how to write and estimate a user story using different techniques
Identify acceptance criteria and the definition of done
Indicate how to plan iterations effectively
11. Describe the Construction phase and its associated process goals
Describe agile techniques and ceremonies that take place during Construction
Describe how to demonstrate an iteration
Understand how to obtain and receive feedback
12. Describe the Transition phase and identify its associated process goals
13. Describe the Ongoing phase and identify its associated process goals
14. List and define the principles of lean
Describe how lean takes a system view rather than a team view
Contrast lean aspects of knowledge work with work in the real world, including sources of waste and delay
Describe aspects of regular work that affect quality and efficiency, including sources of waste and ways to improve
15. Explain how to help teams work well together (lean principle “Respect People”)
16. Explain how to Eliminate Waste and Build Quality In (lean principles)
Identify the causes of waste and delays
Describe how to minimize waste through value stream mapping
Describe the push and pull methods of moving work
Describe the Kanban approach to managing work in process
Explain how to build and validate quality into the delivery process
17. Explain how to Deliver Value Quickly (lean principle)
Explain cost of delay
Describe how to realize value
Explain the importance of delivering incrementally
Contrast MBI with MVP
18. Explain how to Learn Pragmatically (lean principle)
Define “standard work” and its use as a baseline for continuous improvement
Explain the benefits of explicit workflow
Describe how to use Kaizen loops and PDSA techniques for continuous improvement
Define the options for cross-team learning: "community of practice" and "center of excellence"
19. Recognize when to be resilient
Describe how resiliency supports lean thinking
Explain when to build workflow according to resiliency outcomes
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