This is the governing body for certification in Disciplined Agile.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Disciplined Agile Questions

What is Disciplined Agile?
Disciplined Agile 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, Unified Process, and many others in tailorable and scalable manner. 

How Did DAD Come About?

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 actually occurring in practice, how well it was working, and in what situations it was working were first captured in articles, blog postings, and IBM courseware.  This effort culminated in the book Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise, published by IBM Press in June 2012.  Since 2012, the DAD framework has evolved and been extended at and IBM has decided to replace their courseware with DAC-licensed materials. 

Who Owns the DA Intellectual Property (IP)?

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

Where Can I Find Out More? 

For more information about DA , visit our Resource pagesDisciplined Agile and read the DAD book.  There is also a DAD FAQ.

Certification Questions

Why should I become certified in Disciplined Agile?

Differentiate yourself in the marketplace.  Certification in Disciplined Agile means something to clients and employers because it needs to be earned.  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.

Which level of certification should I strive for?

Strive for the level that makes sense for you in your career and current role.  If you have less than 2 years of agile experience then start at being a Certified Disciplined Agilist and work from there.  If you have 2 to 6 years of agile experience then you should aim to become a Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner and work from there.  People with significant experience successfully delivering solutions following an agile approach should consider the Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor and then becoming a Certified Disciplined Agile Coach.  See the Certification Roadmap for more information.

How do I get certified?

You need to first choose a certification level to apply for and then submit an application.  If you have completed one of the accredited courses or have registered and viewed at least one of the webinars, you can apply to be a Disciplined Agilist. To apply to be a Certified Disciplined Agilist or Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner, you must write and pass the certification test for the appropriate level you are applying for.  Click here for a detailed description.

I already have agile experience.  Can I skip the Certified Disciplined Agilist level and go directly to being a Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner?

You must pass the Certified Disciplined Agilist test first as it validates important knowledge.  An experienced agilist who has invested some time to learn about DA reading the DAD book should be sufficient, or taking one of the following workshops:

  1. The Disciplined Agile Experience - Certification Prep Workshop (3-day)
  2. Introduction to Disciplined Agile - Certification Workshop (2-day) 
  3. Disciplined Agile In A Nutshell- Certification Workshop (1-day)

should ensure you have no problem passing the Certified Disciplined Agilist test. Once you've done that, fill out your membership information, take and pass the Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner test (which is harder), and there you go. We will then send out an application to apply for the Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner listing 2 references on Agile projects which you have been involved in.

Can I skip both the Certified Disciplined Agilist and Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner levels and apply directly for the Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor?

No. Applicants must first be a Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner

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