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PMBoK 7th Edition and Disciplined Agile

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?

The following table presents a mapping of the PMBoK7 principles to the principles, promises, and guidelines of the DA mindset.  We intend to publish a detailed blog on this topic in the near future.

PMBoK7 Principle

Disciplined Agile

Be a diligent, respectful, and caring steward

  • Principle: Be awesome
  • Principle: Enterprise awareness
  • Promise: Create psychological safety and embrace diversity
  • Guideline: Leverage and enhance organizational assets

Create a collaborative team environment

  • Principle: Be awesome
  • Promise: Keep workloads within capacity
  • Guideline: Create effective environments that foster joy
  • Guideline: Attend to relationships through the value stream
  • Guideline: Create semi-autonomous, self-organizing teams

Effectively engage with stakeholders

  • Principle: Delight customers
  • Principle: Enterprise awareness
  • Promise: Collaborate proactively
  • Guideline: Apply design thinking

Focus on value

  • Principle: Delight customers
  • Principle: Organize around products/services
  • Promise: Accelerate value realization
  • Guideline: Apply design thinking
  • Guideline: Attend to relationships through the value stream
  • Guideline: Adopt measures to improve outcomes

Recognize, evaluate, and respond to system interactions

  • Principle: Optimize flow
  • Principle: Context counts
  • Promise: Make all work and workflow visible
  • Guideline: Attend to relationships through the value stream
  • Guideline: Apply design thinking
  • Guideline: Adopt measures to improve outcomes.

Demonstrate leadership behaviors

  • Principle: Be awesome
  • Principle: Be pragmatic
  • Principle: Enterprise awareness
  • Promise: Create psychological safety and embrace diversity
  • Guideline: Attend to relationships

Tailor based on context

  • Principle: Context counts
  • Principle: Choice is good
  • Promise: Improve continuously
  • Guideline: Validate our learnings
  • Guideline: Apply design thinking

Build quality into processes and deliverables

  • Principle: Delight customers
  • Principle: Be awesome
  • Principle: Optimize flow
  • Promise: Improve continuously
  • Guideline: Adopt measures to improve outcomes
  • Guideline: Leverage and enhance organizational assets

Navigate complexity

  • Principle: Be pragmatic
  • Principle: Organize around products/services
  • Promise: Make all work and workflow visible
  • Promise: Collaborate proactively
  • Guideline: Attend to relationships through the value stream
  • Guideline: Create semi-autonomous, self-organizing teams

Optimize risk responses

  • Principle: Be pragmatic
  • Principle: Enterprise awareness
  • Principle: Delight customers
  • Principle: Optimize flow
  • Promise: Make all work and workflow visible
  • Promise: Collaborate proactively

Embrace adaptability and resiliency

  • Principle: Be pragmatic
  • Principle: Enterprise Awareness
  • Promise: Improve continuously
  • Guideline: Adopt measures to improve outcomes.
  • Guideline: Leverage and enhance organizational assets

Enable change to achieve the envisioned future state

  • Principle: Context Counts
  • Principle: Choice is good
  • Principle: Enterprise awareness
  • Promise: Improve continuously
  • Promise: Collaborate proactively
  • Guideline: Validate our learnings
  • Guideline: Attend to relationships through the value stream
  • Guideline: Change culture by improving the system
  • Guideline: Adopt measures to improve outcomes

 

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?

A: The Disciplined Agile Hub on PMI.org is a great starting point, as are the Introduction to DA and the Disciplined Agile Tool Kit pages.

 

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.

 

Acknowledgements

I'd like to thank Mike Griffiths for his input that went into this blog.

Posted by Scott Ambler on: November 09, 2021 03:46 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)
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