This is the governing body for certification in Disciplined Agile.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

Disciplined Agile Questions

What is Disciplined Agile?
Disciplined Agile is the most comprehensive agile and lean body of knowledge in existence.  It can be used as a toolkit to help you to choose your way of working (WoW) for the unique situation that you find yourself in.  DA is a people-first, learning-oriented hybrid agile approach to IT solution delivery. It has a risk-value delivery lifecycle, is goal-driven, and is enterprise aware.  DA describes how to effectively combine strategies from Scrum, Agile Modeling, Extreme Programming, Kanban, Agile Data, Unified Process, and many others in tailorable and scalable manner. 

How Did DAD Come About?

Disciplined Agile, originally Disciplined Agile Delivery, was developed within IBM Rational, an effort led by Scott Ambler.  DAD was based on empirical observations made by Scott, Mark Lines, other IBMers, and several IBM business partners.  These observations of what was actually occurring in practice, how well it was working, and in what situations it was working were first captured in articles, blog postings, and IBM courseware.  This effort culminated in the book Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise, published by IBM Press in June 2012.  Since 2012, the DAD framework has evolved into a comprehensive agile and lean toolkit.  The toolkit is described in depth at

Who Owns the DA Intellectual Property (IP)?

As of 01 August 2019, all Disciplined Agile IP is owned by the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Where Can I Find Out More? 

For more information about DA , visit our Resource pagesDisciplined Agile and read the latest three books on Disciplined Agile.  There is also a DAD FAQ.

Certification Questions

Why should I become certified in Disciplined Agile?

Differentiate yourself in the marketplace.  Certification in Disciplined Agile means something to clients and employers because it needs to be earned.  Certification in Disciplined Agile tells the market place you understand how to deliver an agile solution from end-to-end with experience in enterprise-class development.

How do I get certified?

You need to first choose a certification level to apply for and then submit an application.  If you have completed one of the accredited courses or have registered and viewed at least one of the webinars, you can apply to be a Disciplined Agilist. For more information on the certification program refer click here for a detailed description.

I already have agile experience.  Can I skip the Certified Disciplined Agilist level and go directly to a more advanced certification such as the Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master (DALSM)?

Yes.  One of the aspects of the redesigned certification program is we give you credit for past experience and other certifications so that you do not have to start from the beginning.  The DALSM certification content is composed of various modules so that you can take the course that helps fill in the gaps in your knowledge to prepare for the certification test.

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