Who is this course for?

Intended for all skill profiles interested in working in an Agile way, reaching from business analysts or even business visionaries, consultants and testers, developers and architects.

The course typically draws team leaders, development managers, agile coaches, scrum masters, project managers, product owners, developers and testers, and also top-level management.

None per se, but it makes sense if you have worked in projects in the past.

Why attend the course?

To provide training in the DSDM framework and give guidance on how the delegate’s skills might be applied on a DSDM project. It is aimed at those intending to gain a deeper understanding of DSDM or to those that will take an active role in a DSDM project team. At the end of this training, delegates should have a detailed understanding of all the component parts of DSDM and how they work together to support DSDM as a whole, together with practical experience of DSDM.

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Course Description

This three day course will focus on the Philosophy, Principles, Process, Products, Practices and the People and provide the partipants with practical experience. Those include communication skills, team collaboration, but also planning and time management.

Course Content

The course will examine the following questions and points surround DSDM, as an Agile methodology, covering the entire Project Life-Cycle:

  • What is DSDM?
  • Positioning of DSDM within Agile
  • The Benefits of DSDM
  • When to use DSDM? (and the consequences of choosing DSDM)
  • Preparing for DSDM
The course will examine the philosophy, reproduced below, and look at what this really means in the real-World:

The DSDM Philosophy is that any project must be aligned to clearly defined strategic goals and focus upon early delivery of real benefits to the business.

This is best achieved when key stakeholders understand the business objectives, are empowered to an appropriate level, and collaborate in order to deliver the right solution. This solution will be delivered in the agreed timescale, according to the priorities set by the business.

The stakeholders must be prepared to deliver a fit-for-purpose solution. They must also be prepared to accept that change is inevitable as they understand more about the solution being developed.
The 8 principles of DSDM are examined in depth, using examples and exercises to deepen the understanding:

  • Focus on the Business Need
  • Deliver on Time
  • Collaborate
  • Never Compromise on Quality
  • Build Incrementally from Firm Foundations
  • Develop Iteratively
  • Communicate Continuously and Clearly
  • Demonstrate Control

The DSDM Life Cycle is examined in depth concentrating on:

  • The Framework and Life Cycle
  • Configuring the Life Cycle
The Products associated with each Life Cycle phase are explored.

The Roles and Responsibilities are presented and examined and used in practical exercises to embed understanding of:

  • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Empowerment
    • Essential skills
  • The Team Structure
DSDM encourages the use of five practices, each of which is examined in detail.

  • Facilitated workshops
  • MoSCoW prioritisation
  • Modelling
  • Iterative Development
  • Timeboxing
There are a number of additional areas that need to be examined in order to support DSDM projects:

  • Agile requirements
  • Testing, Quality and Maintainability
  • Project Management and Control, including
    • Planning
    • Risk
    • Estimating and Measurement
    • Configuration Management

Exam Accreditation
All training partners & trainers are provided via Accredited Training Organisations, in this case of the DSDM Consortium.

You are unsure how Agile can help you or if at all? Or you have a specific question on any Agile? Matthew and Claudia are happy to give you advice and answer your questions. The first 15 minutes are free – after that you decide if you still want or need our help!