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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.
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.
One of the changes that we made in the DA 5.3 release on September 30th was to update our advice around managing backlogs. We had been using older terminology from when we first developed Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) and we had an out-of-date description of what was being advised in the Scrum community (they've adopted a more disciplined strategy in recent years). So we've acted and updated this aspect of the tool kit.
There are three refactorings that are pertinent to our discussion:
Figure 1. The Intake Work process goal.
As you can see in Figure 1 there are four fundamental strategies for managing your backlog of work. These strategies are ordered, you know this because there is an arrow beside the list, indicating that the strategies towards the top of the list are generally more effective than the strategies towards the bottom. In order from most effective to least effective, these strategies are:
Figure 2. Lean backlog overview.
Figure 3. Agile backlog overview.
Figure 4. Requirements (product) backlog overview.
Comparing Backlog Strategies
The following table compares the four backlog strategies. For more information, please refer PMI's Disciplined Agile (DA) Browser.
I'd like to thank Curtis Hibbs and Klaus Boedker for their great work on Figures 2-4, which I reused from our upcoming Disciplined Agile Product Owner workshop.
We released Disciplined Agile (DA) v5.3 earlier today, September 30th 2021. While there are several visible changes that we've made, discussed below, most of this release is "behind the scenes" in that we've updated descriptions of many techniques and added many new references that link to articles, blogs, or books describing a given technique.
The "visible changes" include updates to several process goals:
We also updated the following process blades:
It is important to note that for the DASM and DASSM exams that we are still testing you against the DA 5.0 version of the model.