June 2015


... to our inaugural Disciplined Agile Consortium newsletter.  This newsletter is for Agilists certified in the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) process decision framework.

With both regular and feature items, we hope you will find this newsletter to be a great source of useful information. We look forward to hearing your comments on this first issue. 

Thoughts from our leaders... 

    MARK LINES                               SCOTT AMBLER  


On behalf of the Consortium we would like to thank you all for your endorsement of DAD via your commitment to certification.  The program is still relatively new and as you might expect we will be evolving it based on your needs and feedback.  So we encourage you to reach out to us at any time with advice and suggestions so that we can grow and learn as a community.  If you are at Agile 2015, stop by the Scott Ambler + Associates booth to say hi.

"Disciplined Agile certification is meaningful because it’s earned."
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  DAD is Evolving     

 Help evolve DAD by participating in discussions at the DAD LinkedIn Discussion group
Are you staying informed?  
There had been a lot of chatter about Scalability, Enterprise Architecture and Disciplined DevOps ... keep up to date by following and submitting ideas to the DAD blog 



Our membership has increased significantly during 2015

 Level Increase Since Jan 1, 2015
 White Belt 250%
 Yellow Belt  174% 
 Green Belt  129%
 Black Belt  --
 Green Belt Instructor  250%
 Black Belt Instructor  --

We congratulate our most recent Certified Green Belt Instructors: 

 David, Michael and Rod!          

Certification Retention

Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) is evolving.  In order to keep your knowledge of DAD current, beginning June 1st, we begin enforcing requirements for certification retention.  All member's certification renewal will be due on June 1, 2017.  The requirements to retain your certification are:

White Belt:  7 hours of DAD activities in the two years prior to renewal, such as education, attendance at events, webinars

Yellow Belt:  7 hours of DAD activities in the two years prior to renewal; pass the current online test

Green Belt:  14 hours of DAD activities in the two years prior to renewal; pass the current online test and submit references for experience gained since your initial certification

As always, there is no membership fee. We feel knowledge and experience is the best indicator of proving your qualifications to maintain your certification.


For details about the certification programme, see Certifications

  DAC Advisory Council

Mark and Scott are co-chairs of the Disciplined Agile Consortium Advisory Council (DAC-AC). 

Members of the DAC Advisory Council are engaged with evolving and supporting certification surrounding the Disciplined Agile Delivery process framework, while keeping their own education current.


The purpose of the DAC Advisory Council is to provide guidance regarding the design and governance of our certification programme.  The council serves in an advisory capacity, making recommendations on matters that impact the experience of members and their clients. The DAC Advisory Council brings together individuals with a variety of experiences with Disciplined Agile Delivery:

  • To provide feedback on, and ideas for, initiatives and programs that enhance, ensure and embrace certification of the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) process framework;

  • To be a collaborative, positive and rational force for the evolution of DAD; and

  • To advance training, education and practices through the Consortium.

Call for Nominations

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know to be a successful ambassador and champion for DAC in the community, please contact us for the DAC Advisory Council nomination form.

For details, see Terms of Reference.

  Upcoming Speaking Engagements    


 Delhi: Discuss Agile Conference - Delhi 2015 : 

Mark Lines Keynote June 13 2015 




Scott is a panelist for Scaling Agile in the Executive Forum on Monday, August 3

Scott will be speaking Tuesday, August 4 at 3:45 PM  Agile Data Warehousing/Business Intelligence: A Disciplined Approach

Mark will be speaking Thursday, August 6 at 3:45 PMon Governance, Phases, and Milestones, are not Agile Dirty Words!


If you are attending the

 Agile 2015 Conference, 

please drop by our booth for a chat 

and to have your book signed!


Discipline Agile Delivery
-An Introduction

A Small Agile Team's Journey from SCRUM 

to Continuous Delivery

Look for your copy in the Agile 2015 Conference Bag 



   Upcoming Courses    

Delhi,India: DA 105 - Disciplined Agile Delivery in a Nutshell  

12 Jun 2015 9:00 AM • Delhi, India

Bangalore India: DA 104 Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery

19 Jun 2015 9:00 AM • Bangalore, India


Madrid Spain: DA 101 Disciplined Agile Delivery Experience Workshop
16 Jun 2015 8:30 AM • Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain: DA 301 Disciplined Agile Delivery Master Class

19 Jun 2015 9:00 AM • Madrid, Spain 


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