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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 AgilePF methodology such as design roles, processes, meetings, management products and techniques present in this methodology.

  • Length: 2 days
  • Level: Foundation
  • Form: 75% lectures / 25% workshops
  • Enrolment: Training on demand for groups
  • Logistics: At the customer’s premises (on-site) or anywhere else (online)

Agenda

  • 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.

Participants

  • 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 in these methodologies and frameworks)
  • Everyone interested in using DSDM methodology in practice
  • Everyone interested in preparing for the DSDM Foundation certification

Outcomes

  • Gaining knowledge of processes, products, roles, benefits and challenges in the 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 the acquisition of skills which enable transparent project management,
  • Effective use of tools used in projects implemented following DSDM,
  • Ability to control a project,
  • Ensuring efficient communication between the business and the creative team,
  • Acquiring skills to divide roles and responsibilities in a project,
  • Gaining an understanding of how to effectively and safely achieve benefits from completed projects.

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. ‘G’ for Governance – a milestone products are created within a phase and typically fulfill a specific purpose within that phasephase, serving as a checkpoint or to facilitate governance processes.
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. Simlar to the Scrum’s Product Backlog (but not identical).
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. Simlar to the Roadmap concept.
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. ‘G’ for Governance – a milestone products are created within a phase and typically fulfill a specific purpose within that phasephase, serving as a checkpoint or to facilitate governance processes.
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. ‘G’ for Governance – a milestone products are created within a phase and typically fulfill a specific purpose within that phasephase, serving as a checkpoint or to facilitate governance processes.
Timebox Plan – Elaborates on the objectives provided for each Development Timebox in the Delivery Plan. Simlar to the Scrum’s Sprint Backlog concept (but not identical).
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. ‘G’ for Governance – a milestone products are created within a phase and typically fulfill a specific purpose within that phasephase, serving as a checkpoint or to facilitate governance processes.
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). ‘G’ for Governance – a milestone products are created within a phase and typically fulfill a specific purpose within that phasephase, serving as a checkpoint or to facilitate governance processes.
Benefits Assessment – Describes how the benefits have actually accrued, as the Deployed Solution has been used. ‘G’ for Governance – a milestone products are created within a phase and typically fulfill a specific purpose within that phasephase, serving as a checkpoint or to facilitate governance processes.

Additional materials

Courseware

DSDM AgilePF

Courseware sample

Mind map

Interactive mind map

For self-learning

Exam Simulator

Simulator

AgilePM® Exam Simulator

Author website

Agile Project Management and Scrum V2

Pocketbook

Author website

Agile Risk Management and DSDM

Pocketbook

Author website

DSDM and UX Design

Pocketbook

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