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In 2012 PMI launched the Agile Certified Practitioner, or PMI-ACP. A certification containing the best from Scrum, XP, Kanban, DSDM and such methodologies. Same year Mark Lines and co-creator Scott Ambler of Disciplined Agile published the book “Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner’s Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise”. 

I always think of it as structured Scrum which may be due to Scotts background from IBM. The Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) model is a full lifecycle model from Inception to transition. At that time very few knew or were using DAD. This is a bit of a paradox. Today it’s still an excellent framework but no one seems to know about it or really using it which is about to change….

More books came out in 2017 “An Executive’s Guide to Disciplined Agile: Winning the Race to Business Agility” which include the portfolio level, business agility, DevOps and such, then in 2019 came “Choose Your WoW! A Disciplined Agile Delivery Handbook for Optimizing Your Way of Working” which has been slightly delayed due to all the hype from the acquisition. This takes us to august 2019 where Project Management announces the acquisition of Disciplined Agile (DA). I was at the PMI HQ in Philly October 2019 where all the people were coming together to make this happen. In 2019 a bit more than 30.000 participants were PMI-ACP certified which was a tiny bit of the agile market for certifications.

Talking about certifications. The certifications from DA ranges from entry level Disciplined Agilist (DA) to Certified Disciplined Agile Coach (CDAC) or Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor (CDAI) – Also using Shu Ha Ri which some may recognize from Alistair Cockburn or if you prefer Aikido. With PMI came two new certifications, Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner (CDAP) (Ha) and Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master (DALSM) (Ha) and about 200 trainers in the making, so watch out, it might be your next certification. patrick perkins ETRPjvb0KM0 unsplash

“The DA toolkit is the world’s only comprehensive agile body of knowledge (BOK) that provides straightforward and practical guidance to help individuals, teams and enterprises choose their “way of working” in a context-specific way. Key principles of DA include customer centricity, being pragmatic rather than purist, providing a range of agile and lean options, applying context-based practices, and optimizing flow across the entire enterprise.  Applying the DA toolkit allows organizations to customize any method or framework -- such as traditional, Scrum, or SAFe – to drive outcomes that differentiate them from their competitors.”

According to PMI President & CEO Sunil Prashara, “This acquisition is another important building block for PMI -- addressing new ways of working in an increasingly agile world, and greatly expanding the capabilities of project managers and agile practitioners alike. PMI is now positioned to add even more value for members by providing a full continuum of products, services, training and certifications to project managers, agile leaders, and their teams wherever they are in their careers – sometimes even before they know they need it.  Regardless of approach, whether it be traditional or agile, project or product, PMI is uniquely positioned to deliver value for individuals and the organizations they serve.”mille sanders Bc6qPj f r0 unsplash

We know it’s all new, let’s see what happens and a lot to grasp but we are here to help. The Danish PMI chapter has among the first PMI chapters a DA Chapter Champion, so reach out to us if you or your organizations want to explore the DA opportunities.

Shortly after the acquisition of DA, PMI went out shopping again and bought Alan Shalloway and FLEX from Net Objectives – More about this in our next newsletter. Stay PMI tuned.

/VP Certifications Klaus