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Training participants will learn about the most important assumptions of the DSDM AgilePF methodology. The DSDM methodology was developed by the DSDM consortium (now the Agile Business Consortium), which dates back to 1994, i.e. before the creation of the Agile manifesto (developed in 2001). The methodology is particularly popular in Great Britain and is used for agile project management while maintaining traditional structures such as Steering Committees.

During the training, participants will learn all the elements of the DSDM AgilePM methodology such as design roles, processes, meetings, management products and techniques present in this methodology.

  • Length: 3 days
  • Level: Foundation
  • Form: 50% lectures / 50% workshops
  • Enrolment: Training on demand for groups
  • Logistics: At the customer’s premises (on-site) or anywhere else

DSDM process

DSDM/AgilePM process
Terms of Reference – High-level definition of the over-arching business driver for, and top-level objectives of, the project.
Business Case – Describes essential business considerations that justify the project, and then are used to assess the viability of the project moving forwards.
Prioritised Requirements List (PRL) – Describes, at a high level, the requirements that the project needs to address if the Business Case is to be met
Solution Architecture Definition (SAD) – Provides an overview and architectural framework for both business and technical aspects of the potential solution. This will evolve as the project proceeds.
Development Approach Definition (DAD) – Defines how the SDT will develop and how they, and associated technical experts and stakeholders, will assess the fitness for purpose of the solution as it evolves against business and technical acceptance criteria.
Delivery Plan – Provides an initial high-level schedule of Increments and Timeboxes and other activities for development, testing and deployment of the solution.
Management Approach Definition (MAD) – The Management Approach Definition (MAD) product describes essential governance and organisational aspects of the project and describes precisely how the project will be managed.
Feasibility Assessment – Provides a snapshot of the evolving business, solution and management products described above as they exist at the end of the Feasibility phase.
Foundations Summary – Provides a snapshot of the evolving business, solution and management products described above as they exist at the end of the Foundations phase.
Timebox Plan – Elaborates on the objectives provided for each Development Timebox in the Delivery Plan.
Timebox Review Record – This is a running review of what has been achieved, feedback, outstanding issues and key decisions and could be constructed to be used for auditing purposes if necessary.
Project Review Report – Consists of 3 components: 1. End of Project Assessment 2. Benefits Enablement Summary (one or more) 3. Increment Review (one or more)
Benefits Assessment – Describes how the benefits have actually accrued, as the Deployed Solution has been used.

Courseware materials

Official Handbook

Interactive mind map

Topics Covered

  • What is Agile, DSDM,
  • DSDM AgilePF philosophy and principles,
  • Roles and responsibilities in the DSDM AgilePF methodology,
  • Preparing the project,
  • The life cycle of the DSDM AgilePF project, design phases and management products (artefacts),
  • Delivery on time – priority setting and Timeboxing,
  • People, teams and interactions,
  • Requirement and user stories,
  • Estimating and measuring progress,
  • Agile project planning,
  • Maintaining quality,
  • Risk management,
  • Adaptation of the DSDM method to project and organization conditions,
  • Tips for taking the DSDM Foundation exam.

Learners taking this course are:

  • Project Managers
  • Agile Project Managers
  • Project team managers
  • Agile Coaches
  • Agile Transformation Coaches
  • Lean-Agile Transformation Leads
  • LACE members (Lean-Agile Center of Excellence)
  • Scrum Masters
  • Change Agents
  • Leaders of manufacturing teams
  • The management and employees of service companies from the IT sector
  • Business and System Analysts working in agile environments
  • Programmers working in agile environments
  • Testers working in agile environments
  • Everyone interested in learning the difference between popular approaches to agile project and product management: PRINCE2, PRINCE2 Agile, SAFe, DAD, LeSS, DSDM and Scrum (the trainer is an experienced Agile Coach, certified from these methodologies and frameworks)
  • Everyone interested in using DSDM methodology in practice
  • Everyone interested in preparing for the DSDM Foundation certification

Learning Goals

  • Gaining knowledge of processes, products, roles, benefits and challenges in DSDM framework,
  • Gaining knowledge that can be easily applied to different projects,
  • Ability to build proper communication between an organization that orders a project, and a project team,
  • Time saving due to acquisition of skills which enable transparent project management,
  • Effective use of tools used in projects implemented in accordance with DSDM,
  • Ability to control a project,
  • Ensuring efficient communication between business and the creative team,
  • Acquiring skills to divide roles and responsibilities in a project,
  • Gaining understanding of how to effectively and safely achieve benefits from completed projects.

Trainer's experience

The trainer is certified in all key Agile frameworks and methodologies and certified in the PROSCI method to carry out change management activities with 20+ years of international training experience and 15+ years of experience in Agile/Digital Transformations. Additionally, the trainer is certified in tools and tests for personality assessment and communication styles, as well as team building and analysis of team strengths and weaknesses.

Main trainer certifications in the field of Agile frameworks and methodologies:

Main trainer certifications in the field of Change Management / Transformation:

  • PROSCI ADKAR: Methodology, process and tools for carrying out changes in organizations including agile/digital transformations (certified by PROSCI Inc.)

Main trainer certifications in the field of questionnaires, tests, and tools for testing personality, competencies, and strengths of people as well as for conflict management and team building: 

  • DISC D3: DISC D3 personality/competence test (DISC / TEAMS / VALUES / BAI) (certified by PeopleKeys).
    • Application: Team building; Building personal self-awareness; Building awareness about communication styles and preferences.
  • SDI: Strength Deployment Inventory (certified by Personal Strengths Publishing).
    • Application: Building team maturity in conflict self-management.
  • MBTI: Myers-Briggs questionnaire (MBTI) to measure human preferences in perceiving the world and making decisions (certified by The Myers & Briggs Foundation).
    • Application: Team building; Building personal self-awareness.
  • BELBIN: BELBIN Team Role Test (certified by BELBIN Associates).
    • Application: Building very efficient and well-coordinated teams created with all necessary competencies (and personality traits) to achieve success.


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