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Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master (DALSM) Certification

DALSM provides a wholistic knowledge about the Scrum and Lean cycle and lays the foundations of Scrum and Lean to be used in Agile projects. It lays the foundations for Scrum and Lean and gives a perspective the relevance and context in today’s dynamic and ever changing world.

Disciplined Agile

5 Certifications

Pre & Post Training Support

100 %

Methodology

Game-Based

In-House Instructors

3 Experts

Modes Of Learning

  • Online Learning

    Interact with the instructor and the participants on a live basis, but through online medium.

Course Details

Continuing the journey with Disciplined Agile, DALSM is another step to achieve excellence in Disciplined Agile.

DALSM provides a wholistic knowledge about the Scrum and Lean cycle and lays the foundations of Scrum and Lean to be used in Agile projects. It lays the foundations for Scrum and Lean and gives a perspective the relevance and context in today’s dynamic and ever changing world. The DALSM focuses on delivering the minimum incremental value as what Agile stands for, and this course beautifully explains how we can achieve it.

The DALSM course takes you through interesting concepts of Scrum and Lean, and helps you to apply in your Agile projects. The course is fast paced and thoroughly engaging for the participants. This certification will be well recognized in the world of Agile by employers and peers alike, for the knowledge that you will possess with the DALSM training.

Steps to Becoming a DALSM

Step 1: Learn About the Foundations of Scrum and Lean

  • Attend Prothoughts workshop with DA tool-kit material and Prothoughts curated material to become a Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master  

ProThoughts’ Game-based Curated Disciplined Agilist Workshop:

ProThoughts is proud to be among the very first partners of Disciplined Agile in India. ProThoughts brings its own in-house expertise to help organizations and practitioners to bring agility in their workplace and businesses.

ProThoughts is known for its quality workshops with superior material and its’ own ‘Game based Interactive” methodology. We will continue with the same tradition and provide a unique experience to our customers through our Disciplined Agile workshops.

ProThoughts will offer 3 modes of learning for their Disciplined Agile courses which will be Online, Classroom and Virtual. It will also provide Corporate Training for its privileged corporate clients with customized content.

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Workshop Agenda:

The workshop will be a 2 day course. The course will cover the following:

1. Learning Objectives (Foundations of Agile)

  • Apply an iterative way of working inside your team.
  • Describe the artefacts, roles, and ceremonies of an iterative way of working.
  • Utilize a work board and information radiator.
    Write user stories and estimate them,
    Test-first: Understand specifications and verification. Describe how to deal with change.

2. Learning Objectives (Foundations of Lean)

The foundations of Lean (systems, time, and education).

  • Learn the principles of Lean.
  • Learn the time aspect of value.
  • Conduct a value stream mapping exercise.
  • Learn what is an organization’s effective Value Stream is
  • Discuss the roles of management and their effect on culture.
  • Describe how to use PDSA for continuous improvement.

3. Foundations of Disciplined Agile

4. Choose your WoW (Way of Working)

Step 2: Fulfill the Requirements

Ensure you are qualified to apply to become a DALSM :

  • Pass the correct certification test
  • Have the relevant experience

Requirements:

Nice to haves (but not required):

  • Active involvement on the Disciplined Agile discussion on LinkedIn(you should have at least posted a few comments, a link to a relevant article, or started a discussion thread)
  • Active participation on projectmanagement.com
  • Publication regarding DA implementation/technique
  • Public presentation focused on application of the DA toolkit
  • Minimum of 14 hours of Certified Disciplined Agile courses -or- an Advanced Disciplined Agile workshop (DA210, DA301)

Step 3: Send Us Your References

Once you have completed step 2, download the CDAP/DALSM application form*, then submit and pass your reference checks.  *You must be an active CDA or CDAP to download the form. 

ProThoughts Study Material:

  • Standard DA material from PMI
  • Extensive Games based learning
  • Curated Case Studies to understand concepts
  • 3 Mock Tests to clear exams
  • Detailed Mind Maps
  • Supplementary Material to understand concepts and clear exams
  • Post Training Support
  • Extensive Content written by our Experts

Who should attend

This workshop is designed for individuals who:

  1. Certfied Disciplined Agilist (CDA) who want to take the next step
  2. Certified Disciplined Agilist (CDA) who want to be either CDAI or CDAC
  3. Are experienced with Agile and who would like to move their career to the next level.
  4. Want to build a career in Agile.
  5. Want to know more about Agile
  6. Any stakeholder who interacts with Agile projects in their business environment
  7. Are interested in learning Agile methodology.

Benefits

  • You can choose to be listed in the Certification Membership Directory 
  • Availability of Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC) Quarterly Newsletters and Professional Development opportunities
  • Member-only access to DAC resources such as webinars, templates, white papers
  • Participants earn the designation of Disciplined Agilist with a free first-year membership and full benefits value of US$ 50.

Retention

  • The annual renewal fee is $50 USD
  • 7 hours of professional development (minimum 4 Disciplined Agile hours) required each year, such as workshops or webinars. We have monthly webinars (www.talkprojectmanagement.com) which you can attend and earn the PDUs. You can also visit (Earn the PDUs) to earn free PDUs

Next Steps

There are 2 options available after becoming a DALSM:

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KEY DIFFERENTIATORS

GAME BASED LEARNING APPROACH

"We focus on learning the ideas than rote learning and we do as such by our particularly structured system where we play games and have a fabulous time learning for the 35-hour rigorous learning"

PREMIUM MATERIAL

"We give famous materials like RMLS (Rita Mulcahy Learning Solutions), Mike Griffith, Michel Thiry, etc. other than the book, we provide Flash Cards, Mind Maps, Online Mock tests, Indigenously arranged Hand Out slides which help to crack the exam in one go."

POST TRAINING SUPPORT

"We offer help pre and post-training support,  a F2F idea clearing meeting with specialists, Exam simulator help, PMI audit, Application form filling, and handhold people till they get the Certification. "

EXAM PASS GUARANTEE

"ProThoughts guarantees that you will not just crack the exam but clear it with flying colors. You can check our Terms & Conditions to know more."

IN-HOUSE EXPERTS

"Our Experts carry a great deal of passion for Project Management. Our experts give their full-time dedication to the teaching and learning that happens in ProThoughts."

CAREER ADVICE

"Our instructors have a very huge number of expertise which will help you get insights. They will give you an individual assistance by guiding you with all the career development aspects. "

Schedules

 

October Batch (2 Days – Weekend) – Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master (DALSM)

  • Date : 10th & 11th Oct 2020
    Time: Sat - Sun : 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM, IST
    Sat - Sun : 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, UTC+4

Check with our Sr. Consultant for

1. Free Career guidance 
2. If you are eligible to apply for the Certification
3. Avail best offers available

Contact: Mr. Jeffry Joly 

WhatsApp us: +91-99878 88998
Skype id: prothoughts_team

Important Note:

For freshers or people with no experience in Agile(Scrum) and Lean can opt for a paid additional 2-day course which will teach them ‘Foundations of Agile’ and ‘Foundations of Lean’

Date: 8th & 9th October 2020

Time: 7:30 PM -11:30 PM, IST

6:00 PM to 10 PM, UTC+4

 

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Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for Discipline Agile Certification you must fulfil the educational and experiential requirements:

  • You must attend a Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master class from a Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor  
  • You must be a certified Disciplined Agilist (CDA)
  • You must have 2 years of agile team experience with a lead role in Scrum Masters, Product Owner or Architect Owner
  • Have references from two separate agile teams (ideally in which the DA toolkit was applied)

If you are a fresher or you don't have any experience in Agile(Scrum) and Lean, we recommend you to opt for a paid additional 2-days course which will teach you 'Foundations of Agile' and 'Foundations of Lean' just before the Disciplined Agile Workshop so that you can comprehend and understand the Disciplined Agile concepts better.

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FAQs

Disciplined Agile (DA) is a process-decision toolkit that provides straightforward guidance to help people, teams, and organizations to streamline their processes in a context-sensitive manner.  DA is the most comprehensive agile and lean body of knowledge in existence.  It can be used as a toolkit to help you to choose the way of working (WoW) for the unique situation that you find yourself in.  DA is a people-first, learning-oriented hybrid agile approach to IT solution delivery. It has a risk-value delivery lifecycle, is goal-driven, and is enterprise aware.  DA describes how to effectively combine strategies from Scrum, Agile Modeling, Extreme Programming, Kanban, Agile Data, SAFe, and many others in a tailorable and scalable manner.  For a quick introduction to Discipline Agile watch Disciplined Agile in a Nutshell - An animated overview of Disciplined Agile (9 min).

DA provides a solid foundation for business agility by showing how the various activities such as Solution Delivery (software development), IT Operations, Enterprise Architecture, Portfolio Management, Security, Finance, Procurement, and many others work together. DA also describes what these activities should address, provides a range of options for doing so, and describes the trade-offs associated with each option

We're seeing a lot of organizations that are struggling with SAFe are now investing in getting their people trained and certified in DA so that they can effectively evolve SAFe to meet the needs of the situation that they face.  So, in that respect DA and SAFe complementary.  The philosophy is DA is to start where you are, do the best that you can in the situation that you face, and always strive to improve. So, if SAFe is what you're currently doing, then that's the starting point and DA will help you to improve from there.

Of course, we're also seeing organizations start with DA, to begin with and thereby avoid the cost of adopting a framework that doesn't fit their situation well. So, in that way they're competitors. Every organization follows their path, and hope that eventually, they come to realize that DA is the better path to take them into the future.

Yes! In Disciplined Agile, the philosophy is to start where you are, do the best that you can in the situation that you face, and always strive to improve.  So instead of making a huge, and often risky, change to the way of working (WoW) you could instead choose to make small, safe improvements over time.  We call this approach Guided Continuous Improvement (GCI).

The DA toolkit is architected into four views:

Mindset. Builds on the foundations of agile and lean to address enterprise realities.
People. Roles, responsibilities, and team structures.
Flow. This captures the dynamic aspects of processes via lifecycle diagrams and workflow diagrams.
Practices. Small strategies/techniques. Goal diagrams are a high-level pick list of practices.

Disciplined Agile, originally Disciplined Agile Delivery, was developed within IBM Rational, an effort led by Scott Ambler.  DAD was based on empirical observations made by Scott, Mark Lines, other IBMers, and several IBM business partners.  These observations of what was occurring in practice, how well it was working, and in what situations it was working were first captured in articles, blog postings, and courseware.  This effort culminated in the book Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise, published in June 2012.  Since 2012, the DAD has evolved into a comprehensive agile and lean toolkit called Disciplined Agile (DA).  The toolkit is described as in-depth at DisciplinedAgileDelivery.com

As of 01 August 2019, all Disciplined Agile intellectual property (IP) is owned by the Project Management Institute, Inc.

For more information about DA, visit the Resource pagesDisciplined Agile, and read the latest three books on Disciplined Agile.  There is also a DAD FAQ.

The Disciplined Agile Consortium, operations by Project Management Institute Inc., is the governing body for certification in Disciplined Agile (DA). We help other organizations to offer training and certification services to those requesting to become certified instructors, coaches and partners.  We provide information on curriculum, certification, an online directory, and resources to support Disciplined Agile activities.

The Disciplined Agile Consortium was created by founding members Scott Ambler and Mark Lines in early 2013.  Since then, more than 600 workshops have been facilitated for more than 12,000 practitioners representing over 100 businesses. Disciplined Agile is recognized as the most successfully adopted agile toolkit. 

Yes.  To keep up to date on the latest news sign up for the monthly newsletter

For information on having the teams increase their knowledge and advance skills by becoming certified have them visit the free Resources.

We have a growing list of authorized partners that offer training, coaching, and consulting services to help the organization benefit from Disciplined Agile.

Disciplined Agile Certification is for agile professionals working in enterprise-class settings such as banks, insurance companies, retailers, and government agencies.  You’re not working in ideal situations – you have legacy cultures, legacy systems, and legacy processes to overcome – but that doesn’t mean you can’t make things better.  You take pride in your work and you want to create environments where you can be effective, and you can do that by adopting Disciplined Agile strategies.  The Disciplined Agile Certification program is a principled approach based on the Shu-Ha-Ri philosophy of learning. 

We believe that there is both value in and limits to certification. Any certification should clearly reflect the effort you had to invest to "earn" it.  Sadly, there are many agile certifications that do not reflect this approach - One can become a "certified master" after staying awake in a two-day workshop or a "professional" for passing an online test.  With us, if you take a course (Shu - Disciplined Agilist) or pass an online test (Shu - Certified Disciplined Agilist) you're recognized as a beginner.  Show that you have some experience and you're recognized as an intermediate (Ha - Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner or Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master).  Prove that you have deep experience and are actively helping others to become better and you could become recognized as an expert mentor (Ri - Certified Disciplined Agile Coach).  If you have experience and are willing to share your passion, you could become a trusted Instructor (Ri - Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor).

Certification in Disciplined Agile enables you to differentiate yourself in the marketplace. It helps practitioners increase knowledge, employability, and career options. Certification in Disciplined Agile tells the market place you understand how to deliver an agile solution from end-to-end with experience in enterprise-class development. 

Certification in Disciplined Agile means something to clients and employers because it needs to be earned. For organizations, it is meaningful, forms the basis of measurable skills assessment, and is trustworthy.

You need to first choose a certification level to apply for and then submit an application. For more information on the certification program refer to click here for a detailed description.

Yes.  One of the aspects of the redesigned certification program is we give you credit for past experience and other certifications so that you do not have to start from the beginning.  The DALSM certification content is composed of various modules so that you can take the course that helps fill in the gaps in your knowledge to prepare for the certification test.

Each test involves randomly selected, multiple-choice questions.  To prepare for a test, you must take the corresponding certification workshop.  For example, once you take a Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master workshop you may then take the corresponding Disciplined Agile certification test.

As a prerequisite to the Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master course is for each student to purchase and use during the workshop: Choose Your WoW!: A Disciplined Agile Delivery Handbook for Optimizing Your Way of Working (WoW) – Jun 1, 2020, by Scott Ambler & Mark Lines, you should expect this book to be a source of questions.

As a prerequisite to the Certified Disciplined Agile Coach course is for each student to purchase and use during the workshop: An Executive's Guide to Disciplined Agile: Winning the Race to Business Agility (Volume 1) – July 15, 2017 by Scott W Ambler & Mark Lines, you should expect this book to be a source of questions.

There are two strategies for awarding points based on the type of question:

  1. True-false questions.  You get one point for a correct answer, zero for the incorrect answer.
  2. Multiple-option questions. There is one correct answer to these questions.  You are awarded one point for each correct answer, zero for an incorrect answer.

This marking scheme is described in greater detail, with examples, in the following sample test.

We've developed a sample test that you can take to give you a feel for what the two tests are alike.  There are 10 questions in the sample test, the answers to the questions at the back of the test, a marking sheet to help you calculate your score, and a detailed description of how your score is calculated (including an example of how a question is marked).  Our recommendation is to print the PDF, take the test, and then calculate your score.

Click here for the Sample Test.

  • The Disciplined Agile certification test is a closed book exam with 50 questions.
  • The test has a 60-minute time limit.
  • Once started, you WON'T be able to pause the test. We recommend a reliable internet connection, not a public location.
  • You will not be able to go back to previously answered questions.
  • You must achieve 70% to pass the test.  

  • The Certified Disciplined Agile Coach test is a closed book exam with 50 questions.
  • The test has a 60-minute time limit.
  • Once started, you WON'T be able to pause the test. We recommend a reliable internet connection, not a public location.
  • You will not be able to go back to previously answered questions.
  • You must achieve 70% to pass the test

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Disciplined Agile v/s PMI – ACP

Disciplined Agile v/s PMI – ACP

What is Agile methodology?

What is Agile methodology?

10 Ways Enterprise Agility Improves Product Delivery

10 Ways Enterprise Agility Improves Product Delivery

Disciplined Agile Consortium. Reproduced with permission. The Disciplined Agile framework goes beyond product delivery.  Think of the difference between DA and other enterprise agile frameworks in terms of baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies. A prescriptive framework such as SAFe would provide a list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions.

The Rise of Enterprise Agility

The Rise of Enterprise Agility

After witnessing the success of agile software development teams, people in the agile community began to wonder whether the concept could be scaled to large organisations that develop enterprise solutions. After all, what organisation would not want to be more agile? 

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