We're happy to announce that our book, Choose Your WoW!, is now available via PMI Publications ($15.95 US for PMI members, $19.95 for non-members). It is also available on Amazon in both print and digital format ($19.95 and $18.95 respectively). Previous versions of the book were available only via Amazon.
Choose Your WoW! includes an overview of the Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit, but its focus is on the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) portion of the tool kit and how to choose your way of working (WoW) using DA.
How Will This Affect DA Certification?
We are in the process of evolving the DA certification tests to be based on a combination of the material captured in the courseware and in Choose Your WoW! Right now the test is based solely on the courseware. When we have an exact date for when we intend to released the updated tests we will announce via normal channels.
What's New in Choose Your WoW!?
We've made several changes in this version of the book:
Why Isn't This a Second Edition?
The changes to the DA tool kit had an impact on Section 1 of the book. The other sections, which are a reference for the process goals, were not impacted by this release of DA. So we felt there wasn't enough of a change to warrant calling this book a second edition.
We have recently updated our book, Choose Your WoW!, which overviews the Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit and provides a detailed description of the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) portion of it. Our primary goal was to bring the book into PMI publications so that we could offer it on PMI marketplace. We also wanted to share with you the changes that we're making to the rest of the DA tool kit.
In this blog I will focus on the changes that we've made to the DA Overview diagram. Figure 1 shows the previous version of the diagram and Figure 2 our updated version. When PMI purchased Disciplined Agile in August 2019 we had several streams of evolution underway at the time, all of which are reflected in Figure 2. PMI also purchased Net Objectives so that we could merge their FLEX framework into DA, forming what has now become the Value Streams layer of DA. Al Shalloway and I will go into more detail on this in future blog postings.
Figure 1. The previous Disciplined Agile overview diagram.
Figure 2. The new Disciplined Agile (DA) overview diagram.
In addition to modernizing the look of the diagram, you'll notice several important changes:
As you can see, there is a long list of potential blog topics to describe how DA has evolved, and continues to evolve. Next up will be an overview of our updated approach to describing the DA mindset. Please stay tuned!
We have made several Disciplined Agile (DA) posters available to you for free download, including a Disciplined Agile Overview poster.
Photo credit: Umanix
Disciplined Agile (DA) has always recognized that some teams work remotely and now, given the need to respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19, we are applying our own advice with our DA training offerings.
Starting in early March we reworked our instructor-led training (ILT) offerings so that they can be delivered remotely by qualified instructors. In the picture above we see two Certified Disciplined Agile Instructors (CDAIs) from Umanix delivering the Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master (DALSM) certification workshop virtually. As you might expect, the instructors are using video conferencing software to work through the courseware with the students, but there's much more to it.
The DA workshops have many hands-on exercises, both games and case study work, in which students collaborate to learn critical concepts and techniques. In the bottom left-hand corner you see an exercise in which a group of students are in a breakout room and are working together. In the face-to-face (F2F) version of this exercise students move cards around on a table and discuss their decisions as they go. In the virtual version they move images around on the screen. In both cases the instructor is observing and helping the students where necessary. Once the group work is over the students then do a "wall walk" by going into each of the breakout rooms to see and discuss how other groups approached the problem.
We've been very lucky in that one of our DA Training Partners has been delivering DA training to globally dispersed teams for years. They agreed to take the lead and share their experiences and techniques with our other training partners so that we can successfully bring DA training to you remotely. In short, we've been in a position to apply proven remote training strategies so that your learning experience is the best that it can be.
Don't worry, DA Training Partners will still be offering face-to-face training once it becomes safe to do so again. And we'll also continue with virtual workshops as well, because my gut tells me that we're going to have a lot more distributed Disciplined Agile teams in the future.
Please visit Disciplined Agile Training to discover our current workshop offerings.
While face-to-face (F2F) collaborative work is often preferred, many of us now find ourselves in a situation where that may not be an option for the foreseeable future. Recently many organizations have asked their staff to work from home whenever possible. For those of us who have been working remotely for years this is business as usual, but for many of our colleagues this is a new situation. We all need to get better at working remotely, and an important aspect of that is making teleconferencing calls effective. So I thought I would share some tips that I've found to work well.
I've organized these tips into four sections:
The best calls are the ones that start well, and an important aspect of this is people joining the call well. Here's what you can do:
It's the responsibility of everyone on a call, not just the person facilitating, to ensure that the call runs smoothly. Here are a few ways you can do that:
Think about the last time you were on a call, and you were looking at other people over the video feed. You were probably assessing how they were groomed, how they were dressed, and what the state was of their work area is.
Nobody likes wasting their time on a call where nothing is accomplished. Effective planning and good facilitation can go a long way to making a videoconferencing call successful.
One last bonus tip: You are welcome to copy the image at the top of this article and use it as a quick reminder list of the key tips in this article. Print it and tape it to the side of your monitor if you like!
Please feel free to share this article with others or print it out so that you can keep it handy. We’ve also put together a short tip sheet that you can tape to your monitor.
I would love to hear about any other tips you would have so that I can update this blog and share them with others. Thanks in advance!
Since Disciplined Agile (DA) joined the PMI family in August 2019 we've gotten a collection of questions from people along the lines of "Why is there a difference between the advice in DA and PMI's advice?" So I thought I would write a few blogs examining why that is. This is the first.
There are several reasons why there are differences between existing DA and existing (non-DA) PMI materials:
My point is that there are very good reasons for the differences between what is in DA and what PMI has traditionally focused on. These differences are an important aspect of the value proposition of DA for PMI, and more importantly for our membership, because we can learn from these differences and then improve and grow based on those learnings. We're currently evolving DA based on the great material encompassed by the existing PMI standards and practice guides and our hope is that the existing PMI offerings will evolve to reflect Disciplined Agile ways of working (WoW) too.
In the next blog in this series I will do a deep dive into the differences between DA's take on Program Management and the PMI Program Management Standard. I suspect this will help to make some of the ideas in this blog more concrete and it will certainly make the opportunity before us a bit more explicit.