This is the governing body for certification in Disciplined Agile.

Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master

When we start adopting an Agile way of working, reality quickly proves to be much more complex than expected. Do you need to employ concepts such as eliminating waste, cost of delay, quality, rapid feedback and response, and the role of management? Would you like to understand all aspects of Disciplined Agile, including its conceptual basis, how it is organized, roles and team structures, and its overall scope?

As a team leader you strive to be more agile and help your team be more productive. To succeed, you need an agile mindset, combined with leadership and team management skills. At the same time need to do so within the context of your organization and its culture. The Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master (DALSM) training and certification provides tools and strategies to help you lead an agile team, influence people, remove impediments and to tailor your team’s way of working (WoW) so it matches and reflects the unique situation of your unique team. 

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be prepared to begin your Disciplined Agile certification journey.

On this page you will find details regarding:

    1. Audience
    2. How the course is organized
    3. Learning Objectives
    4. Designation Earned
    5. Prerequisites
    6. Benefits
    7. Choose your course
    8. Course Outline
    9. About Disciplined Agile
    10. Logistics

Audience

The Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master course is for people who:

  • Are new to agile or who have taken some agile training in the past but may not have had the opportunity to apply what they've learned in practice - or - 
  • Wish to gain a detailed understanding of how agile works from the team to the enterprise level - or - 
  • Want to hone their existing Scrum Master skills - or -
  • Need to lead an agile or lean team in an enterprise setting

How the Course is Organized

This course is delivered via a 2, 3 or 4 day configuration, depending on the needs of the students, and is potentially made up of the following modules:

  • Disciplined Agile Foundations of Agile (1 day) - optional, for professionals new to agile
    • Agile looks simple and straightforward. In practice, though, when we start adopting an Agile way of working, reality quickly proves to be much more complex than expected. This module teaches you the foundation for successfully starting an Agile way of working inside your team.   
  • Disciplined Agile Foundations of Lean (1 day) - optional, for professionals new to lean
    • Lean helps you focus on the flow of value to the customer quickly, sustainably, reliably, and with high quality. Lean is not a packaged solution; rather it uses Lean-Thinking to guide an organization’s transformation towards business agility. It looks at the whole system and across all of the value streams. To achieve this, Lean employs concepts such as eliminating waste, cost of delay, quality, rapid feedback and response, and the role of management.  
  • Foundations of Disciplined Agile (1 day)
    • Disciplined Agile (DA) provides you straightforward guidance to help your teams choose their way of working (WoW) in a context-sensitive manner. DA provides organizations a solid foundation for business agility. This module provides you an overview of all aspects of Disciplined Agile, including its conceptual basis, how it is organized, roles and team structures, and its overall scope.
  • Choosing Your WoWTM (Way of Working) (1 day)
    • Your team is unique and faces a unique situation. Disciplined Agile recognizes this and gives you the tools to tailor your team’s way of working (WoW) so it matches and reflects your context.  


    Learning Objectives

    Foundations of Agile:

    • Apply an iterative way of working inside your team 

    • Describe the artifacts, roles and ceremonies of an iterative way of working 

    • Utilize a work board and information radiator 

    • Write user stories and estimate them 

    • Gather requirements in a collaborative way 

    Foundations of Lean:

    • Learn the foundations of Lean: the attention to structure, time, and education
    • Learn the principles of Lean
    • Learn the time aspect of Lean
    • Conduct a value stream mapping exercise
    • Learn what an effective organization’s value stream looks like
    • Discuss the role of management and their effect on culture
    • Describe how to use plan-do-study-act (PDSA) for continuous improvement

    Foundations of Disciplined Agile:

    • Discover the basic elements and scope of Disciplined Agile.
    • Understand the full range of business agility.
    • Learn how to organize people into agile teams.
    • Understand where you fit into an agile team or organization.Organize the flow of work within a team and across teams.
    • See how teams can work differently yet still be governed consistently.

    Choosing Your WoWTM (Way of Working):

    • Demonstrate how to lead your team through a tailoring workshop to identify their initial way of working (WoW).
    • Select the best-fit lifecycle for your team.
    • Choose the Disciplined Agile goal diagrams that are most relevant to your team’s situation.
    • Apply the relevant goal diagrams to identify techniques and practices that are most likely to work in your team’s context.
    • Improve retrospectives by using tools from Disciplined Agile to identify techniques that will more accurately address your current challenges. 

    Designation Earned

    After passing the Disciplined Agile Certification Test you will be awarded the Certified Disciplined Agilist (CDA) designation.

    Based on your experience with agile teams, you may apply for the following designations:

    Prerequisites

    • Attendees earn the designation of Disciplined Agilist.
    • One free attempt of the Disciplined Agile Certification Test when taken within 30 days of the course end date
    •  See each workshop below for breakdown: see how to claim PMI PDU's

    Choose Your Course

    To determine which course option is best for you, determine where you are based on your knowledge and experience, then choose from one of the following course options:

    • 3-day with Lean: Understanding of agile (Scrum) fundamentals, preferably with experience working on agile teams
    • 3-day with Agile: Understanding of Lean fundamentals, preferably with experience working on lean agile teams

    For Professionals new to Agile (4-days)

    Who should attend

    This workshop is for people who are:

    • New to agile - or -
    • Who have taken some agile training in the past but may not have had the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in practice - or -
    • Who wish to hone their Scrum Master skill so as to lead a team in an enterprise setting
      • Attendees earn the designation of Disciplined Agilist
      • One free attempt of the Disciplined Agile Certification Test when taken within 30 days of the course end date
      •  Technical (28): see how to claim PMI PDU's

      For Professionals Experienced in Agile (Scrum) & Lean (2-Days)

      Who should attend

      This workshop is for people who:

      • Understand the fundamentals of agile and lean, and better yet have experience applying them in practice
      • Are experienced with agile and who want to take their career to the next level
        • Attendees earn the designation of Disciplined Agilist
        • One free attempt of the Disciplined Agile Certification Test when taken within 30 days of the course end date
        •  Technical (14): see how to claim PMI PDU's

        For Professionals Experienced in Agile (Scrum) (3-Days)

        Who should attend

        This workshop is for people who:

        • Understand the fundamentals of agile, and better yet have experience applying them in practice
        • Are experienced with agile and who want to take their career to the next level
            • Attendees earn the designation of Disciplined Agilist
            • One free attempt of the Disciplined Agile Certification Test when taken within 30 days of the course end date
            •  Technical (21): see how to claim PMI PDU's

            For Professionals Experienced in Lean (3-Days)

            Who should attend

            This workshop is for people who:

            • Understand the fundamentals of lean / kanban, and better yet have experience applying them in practice
            • Are experienced with lean / kanban and who want to take their career to the next level
                • Attendees earn the designation of Disciplined Agilist
                • One free attempt of the Disciplined Agile Certification Test when taken within 30 days of the course end date
                •  Technical (21): see how to claim PMI PDU's

                Course Outline

                Foundations of Agile:

                The big agile picture

                Planning the first iteration

                Running the first iteration

                Information radiators

                Agile team roles

                Agile ceremonies

                Demonstration and retrospective of the first iteration
                Planning the second iteration

                Running the second iteration

                User stories and estimation

                Test-first approach

                Dealing with change

                Demonstration of second iteration

                Retrospective of the module 

                Foundations of Lean:

                What lean is and what it is not

                Value: understanding the value of the products and services we provide

                The value stream: understanding how we provide this value

                Flow: understanding how our work is done most effectively

                Pull: understanding a different way of managing work

                Perfection: we strive for perfection, not so much to achieve it but to continuously improve

                Foundations of Disciplined Agile:

                The Disciplined Agile Mindset 
                The seven principles of DA 
                The Disciplined Agile Manifesto 
                Overview of Disciplined Agile 
                Layers of organizational agility  
                Lifecycles – Team and value stream (DA FLEX) 
                Goal diagrams – How to read and how to use 
                Complex adaptive systems  
                People and Teams 
                Roles and responsibilities 
                Team structures 
                Team Agility 
                Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) 
                Agile business teams 
                Agile service teams   
                Organizational agility 
                Value streams 
                Disciplined DevOps 
                Disciplined Agile IT (DAIT) 
                Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE) 
                Disciplined Agile FLEX 
                Lean Governance 
                Choosing Your WoWTM (Way of Working):
                Getting started

                DA principles and complex adaptive systems (CAS)

                Five steps to choosing your team’s way of working (WoW) 
                Analyze the context 
                Select best-fit lifecycle 
                Connect the dots 
                Make some choices 
                Guided continuous improvement 
                Working through scenario 1 using the five steps of choosing your team’s WoW

                Working through scenario 2 using the five steps of choosing your team’s WoW

                Wrap up 


                About Disciplined Agile (DA)

                Disciplined Agile (DA) is a process-decision tool kit that provides straightforward guidance to help people, teams, and organizations to streamline their processes in a context-sensitive manner.

                DA provides a solid foundation for business agility by showing how the various activities such as Solution Delivery (software development), IT Operations, Enterprise Architecture, Portfolio Management, Security, Finance, Vendor Management and many others work together. DA also describes what these activities should address, provides a range of options for doing so, and describes the trade-offs associated with each option.

                DA is architected into four views:

                  1. Mindset. Builds on the foundations of agile and lean to address enterprise realities.
                  2. People. Roles, responsibilities, and team structures.
                  3. Flow. This captures the dynamic aspects of processes via lifecycle diagrams and workflow diagrams.
                  4. Practices. This captures detailed strategies/techniques that are put into context via process goal diagrams.

                Course Logistics

                Topics:
                      • Primary:Disciplined Agile
                      • Secondary:agile, scrum master, lean, fundamentals, Kanban
                Level: Introductory to Intermediate
                Length: Two to Four days depending on your background – 14 to 28 hours of classroom time plus breaks
                Public or Private On-site

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