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PMI Poland LogoOn December 13, 2021 I gave a presentation to the PMI Poland chapter about Disciplined Agile.  Although we had left ample time to answer questions, we still didn't get to all of them.  So my hosts were gracious enough to capture the questions I didn't get to and send them to me.  I thought I would share them in this blog posting for everyone to see.


  1. Scott, you said at the beginning of your presentation that Agile based frameworks only increase efficiency on average by 7-12%. Are there already any studies that show the effectiveness of implementing DA in organizations?  We’re currently working with researchers now to gather that data.  My hope is that we’ll have something to share in 2022.
  2. Does DA act like an expert system?  No.  The idea is to provide people with the information that they need to make better decisions about their way of working (WoW).  The people are making decisions, not the computer.
  3. Why do we need DA right now?  To help your team to improve their WoW, and to help your organization become a learning organization that is able to continually improve and become more effective.  For more details, please read Why Disciplined Agile?
  4. What is the difference between DA and DAD?  Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), is one of the 24 process blades of the Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit.  DA started as DAD and evolved from there, addressing more and more aspects of your organizational WoW over time.  For a full understanding of the scope of DA, read Introduction to Disciplined Agile.
  5. What tips would you give to any team member who wants to propose using GCI in their project? Where should he or she start? You really want to invest some time to learn about Disciplined Agile, and good starting points are the Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM) or Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM) certifications.  Another good starting point is the Basics of DA eLearning from PMI.  You need to do this to learn about the DA tool kit and how to navigate it.  That will provide you with the background to be successful with the Guided Continuous Improvement (GCI) approach.
  6. I often hear from other PMs "DA is an artificial creation, it's not useful for anything”.  How can I explain the value to them in a few words, skipping the formulas I can find on the internet?  DA is clearly not artificial.  It puts 1600+ strategies into context to help you to choose your own way of working (WoW) that is fit-for-purpose for you.  How is using the right strategy for the job an artificial concept?
  7. How can I encourage management/business stakeholders to bring DA into the company/team? What examples can I cite?  We have a page sharing Disciplined Agile success stories and we invite people to share more with us.
  8. Can the DA go wrong? Why? In what situations?  DA is a tool kit, so it all depends on how you apply the tools within it.  The aim of DA is to help you to identify ways of working (WoW) that is fit-for-purpose for your situation.  So it really gets down to your ability to understand your situation and choose strategies that are most likely going to work for you.
Posted on: December 21, 2021 10:19 AM | Permalink

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Great Q&A Scott, thanks for sharing !

Hi Scott, Greetings & HNY, I successfully cleared the PMP exam on 29th Dec-21(ID # 3200789). Need your advice on whether appearing for PMI-ACP is a good choice or PMI DASM is the right one? Can you advise, please?

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