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This blog contains details about various aspects of PMI's Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit, including new and upcoming topics.

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Disciplined Agile 5.5 Released

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On March 31st, 2022 we released Disciplined Agile (DA) v5.5. The focus of this release was to:

  1. Update several process blades:
    • Portfolio Management. We added the Address Portfolio Risk decision point to capture strategies for aggregating and addressing risk at the portfolio level.
    • Program Management. Added the Address Program Risk and Measure Program decision points which were previously options of Govern the Program. Address Program Risk is similar to Address Portfolio Risk, albeit at a different level, and Measure Program focuses on how to aggregate and work with metrics at the program level. We also refactored the Organize Teams decision point, pulling out a new Organize Program Leadership decision point to focus on those options and making Organize Teams an ordered list of strategies.
    • Product Management. Added the Citizen Development option to the Evolve Vision decision point in our ongoing work to support the great work going on in the CD space.
    • Vendor Management. Added the Intake Requests decision point to capture strategies to bring work into the VM team.  We renamed the Choose Commercial Model decision point to Choose Contract Model to increase consistency within this blade.
  2. Update several process goals:
    • Accelerate Value Delivery. We added the three new decision points: Optimize Team, Optimize Work, and Optimize Flow. As the names imply, they capture strategies to optimize how you have organized your team, your overall work strategy, and how to improve flow within your team and with teams that you collaborate with. These decision points capture great strategies for accelerate value delivery by your team.
    • Align With Enterprise Direction. In recent releases of DA we've added significant support for metrics, and recently we realized that we haven't explicitly called out strategies to align your team's measurement strategy with areas of the organization that you are part of.  As a result we added the Align Measurement Strategy decision point.
    • Form Team. We renamed the Structure of Team strategy Internal Open Source to Innersource to reflect current naming conventions for that strategy.
  3. Add and update reference links to existing techniques. This is an ongoing effort and there is more to come.
  4. Update descriptions of techniques. It is also an ongoing effort to keep our material up to date.
Posted by Scott Ambler on: March 31, 2022 01:58 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Disciplined Agile and PMI FAQ

Categories: agile, announcement, Kanban, lean, News, PMI, PMI, Scrum

As you have likely heard, the Project Management Institute (PMI) has purchased Disciplined Agile (DA).  Since the announcement we’ve received  a very large number of congratulatory messages (thank you for that!) and quite a few queries around where we’re going with all of this.  We’ve decided to start this FAQ to address the common queries that we’re getting.  This FAQ will evolve over the next few weeks as we receive queries as well as when our answers themselves evolve.

We address the following questions in this FAQ:

Why did you do this?

We want to bring Disciplined Agile (DA) to the next level and we need a partner to do this.

For years we have pointed to PMI as a respectable organization that has done  a very good job at educating and certifying their membership in their body of knowledge (BoK) in a disciplined way.  We like to think that Disciplined Agile has done something similar albeit on a smaller scale.

As a small Canadian company, DA has grown quickly and organically, but not as fast as its potential.  With the PMI acquisition, we have immediate reach into thousands of companies around the world that will appreciate DA’s agnostic, pragmatic, and context-based approach to enterprise agility.

Regardless of traditional or agile approaches, project or product, PMI now has guidance to help organizations and teams be more successful.

You might find that the Quick Podcast on PMI’s Disciplined Agile Acquisition to be an interesting thing to listen to.

Are Scott and Mark sticking around?


We’re looking forward to working with PMI for many years to come to evolve and make Disciplined Agile (DA) even more successful in the marketplace.  The short story is that the two of us are continuing in our existing roles, albeit with significant help to do so now. Mark will be the Vice President of Disciplined Agile and I will be Vice President and Chief Scientist of Disciplined Agile.

Since we now work for a not-for-profit organization, we will however be cutting back on the consulting services that we provided in the past.  We will still be in the field as we continue to learn from agile organizations about what ways of work are effective in different contexts, but our key focus will be on enhancing the DA content, and supporting and growing our membership and partners.

How do you see the Certified Partner program changing?

It will continue to expand.

We see a huge demand for DA Certified agilists and Partners.  In fact, even prior to this acquisition we are getting an increased level of inquiries into how to find local partners and certified DA practitioners and coaches to help roll out DA.  Given that we will  be cutting back on these services we are already handing customer leads to existing partners.  If you are a services company we recommend that you look into the partner program.

We will also certify more DA instructors and are introducing a train-the-trainer program.  The requirement will be that you are a CDAC with significant teaching experience.

How does this affect my current certification(s)?

It doesn’t.

All existing certifications will be fully supported going forward.  We will be enhancing the program in the future, all for the better.  As you know, both DA and PMI have always believed that certifications should be earned and they should be meaningful.  That isn’t going to change.

Should I still be moving forward on a new certification?


Please see above. The DA certifications build upon one another, so if you’re in the process of moving to CDAP from CDA, or CDAI/CDAC from CDAP, then please continue working on doing so.

Where are you going with the DA toolkit?

We’re going to get back to you on this.

What we can tell you now is that we will accelerate a few changes that were already on the roadmap, improve the consumability of the toolkit, and flesh out the toolkit even further.  Having the resources of the PMI behind us will be very good for DA itself.

We are certainly going to continue with our pragmatic and agnostic approach to helping you to choose your way of working (WoW).  From the very beginning the DA toolkit put practices and strategies from a wide range of sources, including agile, lean, and traditional sources.  Contrary to what the purists may want you to believe, there are great ideas for improving your WoW coming out of all of the various “camps,” not just the agile camp.  The aim of the DA toolkit is to help you to better understand your options.

Will DADay2019 be affected?

DADay2019 will not be affected at all.

The only potential change is the content that we will share to kick off the event.  Our plan was always to give you an update around where we are and where we’re heading.  With PMI behind us now our timelines are accelerating.

Will the Next PMP Exam Update Cover Disciplined Agile?


The next update for the PMP exam is scheduled for December 2019.  The questions have been baselined already.

Is there a conspiracy?

No, but that’s exactly what you’d expect us to say, isn’t it?  Bwa ha ha ha ha!

Seriously though, we have seen a few postings online about how this is all some sort of nefarious plot.  Don’t get us wrong, we love conspiracy theories (particularly Scott) and we’d love to hear what you’ve got.  BUT we’re going to ask you to up your game because as you know all good conspiracy theories involve one or more of Area 51, The Illuminati, Sasquatch, a secret dark government agency, the 1%, or Vladimir Putin.  So we’re looking forward to any theories you may want to share – which is probably all part of our overall strategy to distract you from what we’re really plotting.

– Scott Ambler and Mark Lines

Posted by Scott Ambler on: August 12, 2019 08:10 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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