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Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM)

Category: Project management
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What is DSDM?

DSDM is a robust Agile project management and delivery framework that delivers the right solution at the right time.
DSDM has been for many years the leading, proven Agile approach, providing governance and rigour along with the agility and flexibility demanded by organisations today. The approach is the culmination of practitioners' experience drawn from a wide range of public and private sector projects over nearly two decades.
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.  DSDM is vendor-independent, covers the entire lifecycle of a project and provides best practice guidance for on time, in budget delivery of projects – with proven scalability to address projects of all sizes and for any business sector.
DSDM advocates the use of several proven techniques, including:
  • Facilitated Workshops
  • Modelling and Iterative Development
  • MoSCoW Prioritisation
  • Timeboxing

DSDM is designed to be easily tailored and used in conjunction with traditional methods such as PRINCE2® or to complement other Agile approaches such as Scrum.
The Principles:
  • Focus on business goals
  • Deliver in time
  • Cooperate
  • Balance of quality versus delivering time
  • Add value
  • Iteration
  • Communicate constantly
  • Control

What is in the workshop?


     Why Agile?
     Overview of DSDM
     The Iron Triangle
     The Quality Dilemma

DSDM Philosophy and Principles

     The 8 Principles

Risk Management in DSDM

     Risk in Agile
     Instrumental Success Factors

DSDM Framework

     The Lifecycle
     The Products
     DSDM integrated with other Agile methods

DSDM and Governance

     Approach to Governance
     Teams and Roles
     Agile Project Management Office

Requirements Management

     Evolving requirements
     Enough design up front
     Modelling and Prototyping

Project and Program Management

     Iterative development and Timeboxing
     Demonstrating Control

Techniques and Practices

     Facilitated Workshops

For whom is the course?

Anyone who is already or will be involved in Agile Initiatives, including:
  • Program and Project Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Business Analysts
  • Developers
  • Testers
  • Users
  • Quality Assurance
  • PMO representatives

What you will learn?

This two day workshop gives you a firm foundation in DSDM1 to ensure success in Agile Projects and Programs. We will explore:
  • The Fundamentals of Agile
  • The Philosophy and Principles behind DSDM
  • The DSDM Lifecycle, Products, Processes and Practices
  • Planning to facilitate Incremental and Iterative development
  • Demonstrating control and progress whilst empowering the teams
  • Scaling the Agile program structure to deliver significant business change
  • Delivery of business outcomes through close collaboration with all stakeholders, using iterative feedback techniques.

About Steve Messenger

Steve is the current Chairman of the DSDM Consortium.  Steve has been involved in Agile since its inception, DSDM being one of the signatories of the Agile Manifesto, and was also pioneering iterative approaches to software development from the mid 1990s.  As well as managing many Agile projects, Steve has implemented DSDM into the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry. Steve is a Certified DSDM Practitioner, Trainer and Examiner and has co-authored papers on DSDM and PRINCE2,  applying DSDM in an offshore environment and using DSDM with PMBOK. Steve is also on the Consortium editorial board. Accredited in project management techniques such as PRINCE2, Steve still firmly believes the best training is through experience and in his 30 years has undertaken all of the IT roles from trainee programmer through to project manager for large 6 figure projects.

Corporate edition

  • Possibility to extend invoice due date according to general sales conditions up to 60 days.

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