Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM) Certification Training

Be a Scrum Master who drives results faster, with Disciplined Agile

  • Equip yourself with tools and strategies to cultivate a Disciplined Agile mindset
  • Discover the best way of working (WoW) that fits your team’s context
  • Gain the skills to build high-performance teams
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Are you struggling with finding the most appropriate Agile framework to fit your team’s context? If you’re looking for ways to break free from frameworks and evolve the best way of working (WoW) for you and your team, then Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM) is the course for you. Develop the strategies to improve your processes and drive better team results with the Disciplined Agile toolkit.

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  • 16 Hrs Live Instructor-Led Online Training

  • Earn 16 PDUs on Course Completion

  • Real-World Experiential Workshops

  • Game-Based Immersive Learning Approach

  • Comprehensive Exam Support

  • Six Months Post-Class Career Guidance

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Why get DASM certified?


Building a solid foundation for business agility, Disciplined Agile brings together the various activities such as solution delivery, enterprise architecture, portfolio management, security, finance and vendor management to deliver the best business outcomes. Organizations with high agility report more projects successfully meeting original goals and business intent than those with low agility using the same approaches (Source: PMI’s Pulse of the Profession 2018).

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Six months of post-training mentor guidance to overcome challenges in your Scrum career.

Steps to get the DASM certification

Get up to speed with current best practices in Disciplined Agile and strengthen your knowledge and practice of the processes and concepts with PMI’s Disciplined Agile certifications. Validate your expertise as a Scrum professional with the DASM certification and take advantage of networking opportunities with the best in the industry. Not sure where to start with your DASM certification? Just follow these simple steps.

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Prerequisites for the DASM training program

  • No Agile experience is required to attend the training.
  • A two-day training from an authorized Disciplined Agile partner is required to be eligible for the DASM exam.

Who should attend the DASM certification training?

Anyone familiar with the basics of Agile and Lean

Anyone interested in learning Agile methodology

Those experienced with Agile and wish to accelerate their career

Anyone who wishes to build a career in Agile

Any stakeholder who interacts with Agile projects in their business environment

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What you will learn in the DASM course

Disciplined Agile Mindset

Firm understanding of DA, its underlying principles such as pragmatism, the power of choice and adapting to context.

Explore leading Agile approaches

Comprehensive understanding of multiple leading agile approaches like Scrum, Kanban, SAFe® and more.

Fundamentals of Agile and Lean

Fundamentals of agile and lean, and how to use both approaches as per the team’s context.

Disciplined Agile strategies

How DA strategies can be put into action on your agile team and ensure effective implementation.    

Disciplined Agile toolkit

Pros and cons of the hundreds of practices and strategies in Disciplined Agile.

Complex problem-solving

Problem-solving for challenges commonly found in development and operational teams, value streams, and at enterprise-level.

Skills you will gain from the DASM certification

Cultivate a Disciplined Agile mindset

Adopt DA principles like pragmatism, power of choice, adapting to context

Apply Agile and Lean approaches effectively

Apply the Disciplined Agile toolkit fit to the team’s context

Evolve the best way of working (WoW) for you and your Agile team

Facilitation skills

Resolving impediments

Enabling high team performance

Coaching the Development Team

Coaching the Organization

Leading and facilitating change

Increasing transparency at each Scrum event

Identifying possible violations of Scrum and addressing them

Enabling high-quality Product Increment

Reducing technical debt in each Sprint

Enabling Product Owner’s participation in Sprint Retrospective

Enabling organizational design changes to adopt Scrum successfully

Ensure effective implementation of strategies into action on your Agile team

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Disciplined Agile Scrum Master Course Curriculum

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  • What is Disciplined Agile?
  • Principles, promises and guidelines of DA
  • DA as an agnostic hybrid of approaches leveraging strategies from a variety of sources.
  • What is business agility?
  • Identify the full range of business agility
  • How Being Awesome is important for building a great Agile team
  • 5 levels of Enterprise Awareness
  • Choosing different contexts with different strategies
  • Pragmatism over Purism
  • Context counts
  • Strategies to optimize Flow
  • Importance of organizing around products/services
  • How DA supports a variety of lifecycles
  • 3 phases of the DAD delivery cycle
  • Agile lifecycle and it’s application
  • Lean lifecycle and it’s application
  • Continuous delivery Agile lifecycle and it’s application 
  • Continuous delivery Lean life cycle and it’s application
  • Exploratory lifecycle and it’s application
  • Program lifecycle and it’s application 
  • Business agility and business lean lifecycles
  • Choosing a lifecycle that chooses 
  • The 5 steps for choosing your WoW 
  • Analysing team’s context using the spider chart 
  • Factors impacting context when choosing a team's WoW 
  • Selecting the best-fit lifecycle using the decision tree 
  • What it means to be goal driven 
  • The process blade and how process blades are used inside DA 
  • Purpose of a goal diagram 
  • How to read a goal diagram 
  • The process goals of DAD 
  • Ranking and selecting process goals relevance-based to the phase and the team’s context 
  • Key practices for the team try using goal diagrams
  • Comparison of Agile and Waterfall
  • Benefits of being Agile
  • Agile iterative way of working
  • Artifacts and ceremonies of Agile
  • Comparison of leaders to managers
  • While roles can be leaders
  • Primary and secondary roles on DA teams
  • 5 Primary DA roles and their importance
  • Responsibilities of the 5 primary DA roles
  • Enabling your team to work well together (Lean principle “Respect people”)
  • Inception phase and its importance
  • Process goals associated with the Inception phase
  • Agile techniques and ceremonies relevant to Inception 
    • User stories
    • How to write and estimate a user story using different techniques
    • Acceptance criteria and the definition of done
    • How to effectively plan iterations
  • Construction phase and its importance
  • Process goals associated with the Construction phase
  • Agile techniques and ceremonies that take place during Construction
    • How to demonstrate an iteration
    • How to obtain and receive feedback
  • Transition phase and why it is important.
  • Process goals associated with the Transition phase
  • Ongoing phase and its importance
  • Process goals associated with the Ongoing phase
  • Causes of waste and delays
  • How to minimize waste through value stream mapping
  • Push and pull methods of moving work
  • Kanban approach to managing work in process
  • How to build and validate quality into the delivery process
  • Cost of delay
  • How to realize value
  • Importance of delivering incrementally
  • Contrasting MBI with MVP
  • “Standard work” and its use as a baseline for continuous improvement
  • Benefits of explicit workflow
  • Using Kaizen loops and PDSA techniques for continuous improvement
  • Options for cross-team learning: "community of practice" and "center of excellence"
  • How Lean takes a system view rather than a team view
  • Lean aspects of knowledge work with real-work and sources of waste and delay
  • Aspects of regular work that affect quality and efficiency, including sources of waste and ways to improve
  • How resiliency supports lean thinking
  • When to build workflow according to resiliency outcomes

FAQs on the DASM Certification Course

Disciplined Agile

Disciplined Agile (DA) is an agnostic, comprehensive library of strategies and practices, with practical guidance to help people, teams, and organizations to make process-decisions in a context-sensitive manner.  

DA teaches how to effectively combine strategies from Scrum, Agile Modeling, Extreme Programming, Kanban, Agile Data, SAFe, and many other Agile frameworks in a way that can be tailored and scaled.  

The DA toolkit leverages the experiences of thousands of teams who have already struggled through the very issues that our teams currently face. By referencing these strategies, you can accelerate your journey to project delivery success.

Disciplined Agile was originally Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD). DAD was put together within IBM Rational, an initiative of Scott Ambler, based on empirical observations by Scott and Mark Lines along with other IBMers and several IBM business partners. These observations of what was actually occurring in practice, what was going well and what wasn’t, and in what situations it was working were first captured in articles, blog postings, and courseware. This eventually culminated in a book, Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise, published in June 2012. It has, ever since, evolved into a comprehensive agile and lean toolkit called Disciplined Agile (DA).

DA serves as a firm foundation for business agility. By leveraging the experiences of thousands of teams across industries, DA shows how the various activities such as Solution Delivery (software development), Enterprise Architecture, Portfolio Management, Security, Finance, Vendor Management and many others work together. DA teaches what these activities should address and helps you identify a range of options that can be considered, describing the trade-offs associated with each option.

The DA toolkit is architected into four views:

  1. Mindset: DA builds on the foundations of Agile and Lean
  2. People: Roles, responsibilities and team structures are at the centre of DA.
  3. Flow: Processes are dynamic, depicted by lifecycle and workflow diagrams
  4. Practices: The small strategies and techniques count towards the overall goal. Goal diagrams are a high-level depiction of practices.

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

You can find out more about Disciplined Agile on its PMI homepage - https://www.pmi.org/disciplined-agile.

You can get started with Disciplined Agile wherever you are and in whatever situation you are. The DA philosophy encourages you to do the best you can in any situation you face, and always strive to improve. It guides you to carefully choose your way of working to make small, safe improvements over time instead of making huge, and often risky changes. Such an approach is referred to as Guided Continuous Improvement (GCI).

DASM Certification Training

By the end of the DASM course, you will be equipped with the skills to:

  • Cultivate a Disciplined Agile mindset
  • Adopt principles such as pragmatism, power of choice and adapting to context
  • Apply Agile and Lean approaches effectively
  • Apply the Disciplined Agile toolkit fit to the team’s context
  • Evolve the best way of working (WoW) for you and your Agile team
  • Facilitate change
  • Resolve impediments
  • Enable high team performance
  • Coach the Development Team
  • Coach the Organization
  • Increase transparency at each Scrum event
  • Identify possible violations of Scrum and address them
  • Enable high-quality Product Increment
  • Reduce technical debt in each Sprint
  • Enable Product Owner’s participation in Sprint Retrospective
  • Enable organizational design changes to adopt Scrum successfully
  • Ensure effective implementation of strategies into action on your Agile team
  • Understand the Disciplined Agile mindset and its essential principles.
  • Apply the Disciplined Agile tool kit to discover the best way of working (WoW) in the team’s context.

The DASM certification has been designed thoughtfully to help you in the following ways:

  • DA helps expand your knowledge and understanding of the pros and cons of the various Agile strategies, principles and practices and how they fit together in an enterprise environment.
  • The certification demonstrates your dedication towards improving your Agile skills
  • The certification helps you stand out from the crowd and accelerates career growth.
  • It widens career opportunities across industries.

As a Disciplined Agilist, you would have completed a Disciplined Agile workshop, but may not have taken the exam. You still would have had access to Disciplined Agile resources and news from the Disciplined Agile Consortium website.

With the retiring of the Disciplined Agilist designation, PMI offered a way to adapt to the new Disciplined Agile certifications. In July 2019, PMI sent eligible DA members a limited-time email/coupon to become a PMI member; access to DA resources would continue to such members through their PMI Membership.

The Certified Disciplined Agilist certification has now been replaced with the new Disciplined Agile Scrum Master certification. Current Certified Disciplined Agilists (CDAs) will automatically become Disciplined Agile Scrum Masters. You would not need to take an exam as you will automatically migrate to the new certification.

Yes, the following designations can automatically migrate to new certifications without having to clear any exams:

  1. Certified Disciplined Agilists (CDAs) will automatically become Disciplined Agile Scrum Masters (DASMs).
  2. Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner (CDAP) will automatically become Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Masters (DASSMs).
  3. Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Masters (DALSMs) will automatically become Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Masters (DASSMs).

New Disciplined Agile certification holders (CDAs, DASMs and DASSMs) will have new digital badges to correlate with their new certifications, but these are not yet finalized by PMI®. Once the new digital badges are finalized, PMI will distribute them to the appropriate certification holders.

Not at all. Professionals in IT industries or non-IT industries can take up this course. The DASM course is designed for those individuals who:

  • Familiar with the basics of Agile and Lean
  • Interested in learning Agile methodology
  • Experienced with Agile and wish to accelerate their career
  • Wish to build a career in Agile
  • Are stakeholders and interact with Agile projects in their business environment

There are no prerequisites to attend the DASM course. No prior Agile experience is mandatory. The Disciplined Agile Scrum Master training is an introductory certification program built to equip you with everything you need the Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit with skills to immediately apply what you have learned.

Once you have mastered DASM, you can further enhance your Agile skills by considering the certifications below:

  • Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM)
  • Disciplined Agile Coach (DAC)
  • Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC)
  • PMI-ACP certification
  • ICP-ACC certification

You earn 16 PDUs by participating in KnowledgeHut’s DASM certification training program.

Yes. Currently, the Disciplined Agile certifications require professionals to earn 7 PDUs per year.

Yes, you can count your DASM training hours with KnowledgeHut as PDUs toward your PMP, PgMP, or PMI-ACP PDU requirements.

Your DASM certification is valid for one year after which you would need to renew it.

DASM Certification process

The Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM) Certification is provided by the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC), the governing body for certification in Disciplined Agile. All Disciplined Agile intellectual property (IP) is owned by the Project Management Institute, Inc.

PMI is the world’s eminent non-profit professional membership association for the project, program, and portfolio management profession. Established in 1969, PMI has delivered value to more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education, and research. For more details, visit PMI.org.

More information on the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC) can be found here.

No. You need to attend the course in order to be eligible for the DASM exam and get certified.

No, to be eligible for any Disciplined Agile certification exam, individuals must complete their instructor-led or on-demand training workshop from an authorized Disciplined Agile Consortium training partner and REP of PMI. Once you have completed the workshop, you will receive the eligibility code from PMI; this is required to schedule your exam.

Here are the steps to get the DASSM certification:

  1. Get trained by an authorized training partner of Disciplined Agile Consortium and REP of PMI, like KnowledgeHut, by attending the two-day training.
  2. Schedule your certification exam at a Pearson VUE test center or via the online proctored testing solution, using the eligibility code you receive from PMI.
  3. Take the online closed-book multi-choice 90-min exam and get at least 35 out of 50 questions right.
  4. On clearing the exam, you are officially a Disciplined Agile Scrum Master.

You will receive a course completion certificate from KnowledgeHut on successfully completing the course.

You will have to attend two days of training from an authorized training partner of Disciplined Agile Consortium and a Representative Education Provider of PMI®, following which you will be required to take an exam to demonstrate your Disciplined Agile skills in order to get DASM certified. Once you pass the exam, you are declared a Disciplined Agile Scrum Master.

KnowledgeHut is a Representative Education Provider of PMI®.

No, your certificate will not mention the mode you have attended the course. It will look the same as the in-person certificates.

As a result of the engagement and contributions of those who share their ideas and practical experiences in the workplace, frameworks and best practices continue to evolve. PMI® places an emphasis on the learning journey and requires you to take measures to keep yourself abreast of the latest best practices, tools and techniques in Disciplined Agile.

Renewal of your certification validates your proficiency and demonstrates your interest in the growth and evolution of Disciplined Agile.

The DASM certification is valid for 1 year. After that, you need to renew it with a $50 USD annual renewal fee. Along with the fee, 7 hours of professional development (minimum 5 Disciplined Agile hours) are required each year; these could be in the form of workshops, webinars or any conferences or events related to Disciplined Agile.

For any further questions on your Disciplined Agile Certification, please refer the Agile Certification Journey (ACJ) prepared by PMI®. The ACJ has been created to incorporate Disciplined Agile into PMI’s portfolio of certifications and to provide practitioners with options and opportunities to dive deeper into agile approaches, regardless of where they are in their career paths. If you still have questions, you can write to DACertifications@pmi.org.

DASM Certification Exam

The DASM exam has the following format:

  • Exam type: Closed book, online
  • Type: Multiple-choice questions
  • Number of questions: 50
  • Minimum pass mark: 70% or 35 correct answers out of 50.
  • Duration: 90 minutes

After you successfully complete your two-day Disciplined Agile Scrum Master course at KnowledgeHut, you will receive an eligibility code from PMI. Using this eligibility code, you can schedule your certification exam at a Pearson VUE test center or via the online proctored testing solution.

You have the option of taking the exam at a Pearson VUE test center or from the comfort and safety of your home via the online proctored testing solution.

Your application is valid for one (1) year from the date of approval. If you allow your eligibility to lapse, you must re-apply.

Once started, you will not be able to pause the test. We recommend a reliable internet connection, not a public location.

No, your DASSM certification course fee includes your exam fee.

Your course fee includes the exam fee, but only covers one exam attempt. If you fails your first attempt, you will need to retake the exam by paying US$150.

You can reattempt the DASSM exam any number of times. Your first attempt is covered in the course fee. All attempts thereafter are charged at US$150 per attempt.

DASM Workshop Experience

The DASM workshop at KnowledgeHut is delivered through KnowledgeHut’s immersive learning experience platform, via live and interactive instructor-led training sessions. Get your all doubts cleared from the Disciplined Agile (DA) trainer, who is an experienced practitioner. 

The conventional in-person DASM training from PMI® will be delivered for two-days. The online course is divided into several classes of shorter hours, unlike the in-person class that consists of 2 classes with 7 to 8 hours long sessions. The size of the class is capped to about 30 so that students gain a better learning experience.

The trainers are professionals experienced in Disciplined Agile across industries. They will share practical use cases in application of DA from their extensive experience leading, applying, coaching, and teaching DA.

Our dedicated team of coaches deliver training on par with the standard of excellence as set out by PMI. Every candidate receives the same high-quality content irrespective of the trainer and the location. They help you further develop the competencies and skills you need to make a difference in your organization.

Our DASM course focuses on engaging interaction. Most class time is dedicated to fun exercises, lively discussions and team collaboration, all facilitated by the trainer who is an experienced Agile practitioner. The focus is on practical solutions to real-world, leading high-performing team, and guiding the teams for improving their working ways in Agile environments.

Software Requirements

  • Internet browser
  • MS Word or Notepad

System Requirements

  • Windows or equivalent environment with Internet browser and high-speed Internet connectivity

Yes, your course material will be provided in advance. You will receive an email with a link to set your password a few days in advance of the scheduled course. Once you log in to PRISM, you will have access to the study plan and all the course material.

The course material comprises of the course schedule or study plan, workbooks and all relevant assignments, assessments, or case studies.

The sessions would be auto recorded on PRISM, subject to permission by PMI® and the DA Trainer. Based on the permissions, you would have lifetime access to the video recordings of the sessions as well.

No, you will not yet be able to join the training through phone or tab. Please be prepared to join the training on your laptop or desktop.

If you get disconnected during the training, you will have the option to re-join within about half an hour subject to accreditation body guidelines and the instructor’s preference.

Our workshops are currently held online and anyone with a stable internet, from any location across the world can benefit from this to get DASSM certification. You can check out the schedules here.

You will receive a registration link from KnowledgeHut to your e-mail id. You will have to set your password, log in to our platform, and start your learning journey.

If you miss a class, you can access the class recordings at any time. At the beginning of every session, there will also be a 10-12-minute recapitulation of the previous class.

This is a live instructor-led training where you will be coached by the Agile experts.

We currently use the Zoom platform for video conferencing and will soon be adding more integrations with Webex and Microsoft Teams. However, all the sessions and the recordings will be available right from within our learning platform. Learners will not need to wait for any notifications or links or install any additional software.

Yes, there can be other participants who actively participate in the class remotely. They can attend online training from office, home, or any other suitable place.

In case of any queries, our support team is available to you 24/7 via the Help and Support section. You can also reach out to your workshop manager on your workshop group messenger.

If you have any more questions, please email us at support@knowledgehut.com and we will be happy to get back to you.

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