This release does not affect any DA exams or courseware.
On March 31st, 2022 we released Disciplined Agile (DA) v5.5. The focus of this release was to:
Choose Your WoW! Second Edition Is Now Available
I'm proud to say that the second edition of Choose Your WoW! is now available. It was released in early February and as you can see my physical copies arrived today, and they look great.
Choose Your WoW! is Concise
The focus of the second edition is to provide an overview of the DA tool kit, rather than the first edition which provides both an overview and detailed reference information. As you know we updated the reference material on a quarterly basis, as per our version control strategy, which meant the reference material contained in the first edition has gotten out of sync with the current material. To address this issue we have removed sections 2-5 from Choose Your WoW, which provided reference information for Inception, Construction, Transition, and Ongoing process goals respectively. This information is now captured on PMI.org, via a combination of the process goal overview pages and in the DA Browser.
In short, pun intended, the second edition is 125 pages where the first edition was 441 pages. As you can see in the picture below, the difference is clear.
Choose Your WoW! is Updated
We have also updated the overview material in the book to bring it into alignment with version 5.3 of the DA tool kit. The key changes that we made to the material are:
Choose Your WoW! is in Color
The first edition was in monochrome the second edition, as you can see in the picture below, is in color. Although my photo isn't the greatest, the color really is sharp.
How to Get Choose Your WoW! Second Edition
There are several ways that you can obtain a copy of the book:
All three options are linked to from the Choose Your WoW! book page.
Mark Lines, myself, and everyone at PMI hope that you find the book a valuable asset on your learning journey.
Requisite Agility applied in Project Management
This blog provides an overview of how Requisite Agility can be applied to Project Management.
In the age, of the convergence of AI, IoT, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Robotics and AGV’s, as the pace of change and disruptions accelerates, requires us to be more open to the unknown and therefore to be more nimble, flexible and adaptive than ever before.
Project Managers have always been concerned with ensuring deliveries based on quality specifications, on time, within budget. In our new realities, requirements change in real-time. Our deliveries on time to forecast is meaningless if the competitors are faster. A budget only matters if the organization is synchronized in real-time changes with the markets and communities it serves.
In the Origin of Species, the biologist Charles Darwin described evolution as the “survival of the fittest”. The fittest did not mean the species with the most resources and health. The fittest species were the ones who were most resourceful and adaptive in the face of changes in their context and environment.
We need to distinguishing Agility and Agile. Agile is a specific set of tools and practices developed for small, stable, software teams using semi-autonomous teams, visual metrics and rapid iterations and release of usable code. Agility is the ability to think and act quickly and flexibly. It is a characteristic that exists in every living thing in the universe.
Agility as a characteristic by itself is not enough. For example, a professional boxer can have amazing agility in the gym. Lightning-fast hand speed, head, foot and body movement and an open adaptive mind. But he, she or they will lose when he is in the ring with someone who has greater agility.
Agility by itself is not enough. We need is Requisite Agility. Requisite means what is required or necessary in any given situation. In our boxing example, requisite is measured by the agility of the opponent. A new mindset is required in complex ecosystems and competitive environments.
Requisite agility is the capacity to make fast and flexible changes in relation to required context and conditions. The best example of requisite agility is our heart. It is constantly sensing and adapting in relation to changing circumstances. If it did not make these requisite adjustments, we would die.
There are at least five ways Requisite Agility (RA) can be applied to project management.
Requisite Agility enables organizations to deliver performance outcomes even higher than those who are only focused on agility, alone.
We are often asked what the relationship is between Disciplined Agile (DA) and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide) 7th Edition (PMBoK7). We thought we would share our thoughts on the topic, presented as a frequently asked question (FAQ) list.
Q: Is PMBoK7 based on DA?
A: No, PMBoK7 was written independently of DA. Like DA, PMBoK7 is based on ideas and experiences from a wide range of people and sources so there’s clear overlap.
Q: How much coverage does DA include of PMBoK7?
A: A lot. As you can see in the DA Browser, techniques captured in both PMBoK7 and PMBoK6 are referenced extensively in DA. Having said that, we’re in the process of updating those references so that they point to the same topics in PMIstandards+, which is PMI’s digital version of our standards, guides, and how-to content.
Q: How much coverage does PMBoK7 include of DA?
A: It depends on how you look at it. Explicitly, very little. Implicitly, a fair bit. As we indicated earlier, there is a lot of overlap between what PMBoK7 covers and DA. Both capture known, effective, and practical strategies.
Q: Why doesn't PMBoK7 include more DA concepts, given that it was published after PMI purchased DA?
A: DA was purchased by PMI in August 2019 and PMBoK7 was published in June 2021. Given that PMBoK7 is an ANSI standard, the submitted version of PMBoK7 was pretty much finalized at the point that PMI acquired DA.
Q: How do the PMBoK7 principles map to the DA mindset?
Q: How do PMBoK7 and DA differ?
A: PMBoK7, and the supporting materials in PMIstandards+, is a deep dive into Project Management. DA’s scope is much broader in that it addresses enterprise agility, putting a wide range of strategies that include but go beyond project management into context. Where PMBoK7 is deep, DA is broad.
Q: Where can I learn more about DA?
Q: Where can I learn more about PMBoK7?
A: You can access A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide) 7th Edition here. As a PMI member you can download a personalized PDF free of charge.
I'd like to thank Mike Griffiths for his input that went into this blog.