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This is a webinar on demand from a lot of participants suggesting what’s the difference between PMI-ACP vs. DASM vs. DASSM, which is a disciplined agile scrum master and a disciplined agile senior scrum master. All these certifications are from PMI, so let’s go into some of the facts and details to understand a little bit more about what each one has to offer.

Table of contents

  • What is a Disciplined Agile?
  • What exactly is the toolkit, and how does it differ from a practice?
  • How does DA help with agility, and who is it for?
  • What is PMI-ACP? What is its goal?
  • Differences between PMI-ACP and DA
  • Differences between DASM and DASSM
  • Similarities between ACP and DASM and DASSM
  • About ProThoughts

What is a Disciplined Agile?

Discipline Agile is a hybrid of the world’s leading practices and methods that provide straightforward guidance to enable you to choose your way of working. It’s a people-first, learning-oriented hybrid agile toolkit that will enable you to effectively combine strategies from scrum, agile modelling, extreme programming, kanban, agile data safe and many other sources so you can tailor and scale based on the situation you face. You’ll be able to look beyond prescriptive agile frameworks and get better results and reach true business agility faster. 

What Exactly is the Toolkit, and How Does it Differ From a Practice?

So when we talk about methodology, we talk about processes or procedures that are followed one after the other repeatedly to deliver a result, like we do the same things that we practised in the earlier project in the next project, and that’s a methodology. Practice is some rules and guidelines that are kind of best practices, and agile scrum is a practice that tells you the guidelines for managing agile projects. Practice plus the tailoring of your rules become your methodology, which you repeat over a period of time. A toolkit enables you to make decisions for effective and better outcomes, so the toolkit leverages practices or your methodologies for better outcomes.

How Does DA Help with Agility, and Who is it For?

It discusses the eight principles that define agile as a discipline designed for business agility. So disciplined agile is not only for a particular section of people; in fact, it is for everyone in the organisation, so it is right that from project managers to product managers to operations, legal, and procurement, everyone should match the pace to deliver value to the customer because all together they are working on delivering value to the customer.

What is PMI-ACP? What is its goal?

PMI-ACP was started in 2012 by PMI as a pilot in 2011 and a formal launch in 2012. At the time, a scrum was picking up and the ACP by PMI was launched to see how you can implement agility in your organisation, and what is the skill level with different agile techniques, and the content had a lot of things about how you can implement agility in the organisation, so that’s what PMI-ACP had come up with.

So if we had to talk about PMI-ACP, it talks about not a single practice like scrum, but a lot of popular practices that are available. It talks about different practices, takes the best out of every practice, and says how you can actually put some bits of everything into practice in your organisation.

Differences Between PMI-ACP and DA

We are comparing two different things because one is a practice of implementation and the other is a toolkit. So there is no comparison, but we can say that disciplined agile is a big umbrella, and agility is one of the things on which you need to focus. We think PMI is more focused on disciplined agile than ACP. The ACP is a legacy that people have, so it is there, but the ACP was designed for projects, and disciplined agile is more enterprise-focused. ACP talks about how agile needs to be implemented with different practices, whereas this is the tool kit that provides guidance to provide business agility, so PMI-ACP is a part of disciplined agile.

Differences Between DASM and DASSM


DASM and DASSM are part of a disciplined agenda. DASM is the starting point of an introduction to agile. DASSM focuses on superior people skills and is more focused on how you can get your implementation right and get agility right for your organisation. DASM is more focused on leading the team. DASSM’s idea is to work on more complex projects and interact with upper levels of management to teach agile.

The responsibility of DASSM lies between DASM and a unit head or a functional manager. So DASM is focused on how you can choose your WOW and just start on your disciplined agile journey, whereas DASSM focuses more on getting your implementation right, including metrics, planning, reporting, and getting the project right so you can know how to make your project successful. DASM, a less complex project, is more involved with the team, but DASSM works with other teams, including the team. DASSM focuses on the soft skills needed to build a high-performance team, which are missing in a DASM.

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Similarities Between ACP and DASM and DASSM

It’s the same as the scrum master: everyone is serving the team, removing the impediment, doing the communication, and providing the resources and help that you need so that the team is focused and doing the right job; they have the coach for that. They serve the product owner and tell the product owner that they’re a bridge between the product owner and the team, but more importantly, they serve the organisation. So these are the similarities of any scrum master, so that’s the similarity between all three.

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