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Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master® (DASSM)


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Overview of the Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM)

Do you want to take Disciplined Agile to a new level? Are you looking for tools to solve complex problems and enhance your organization’s agility? Do you want to learn how to lead your team to excellence? Expand your knowledge and build practical skills around Disciplined Agile, business agility, leadership, and team development.

Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master is an instructor-led course that shows you how to use the Disciplined Agile tool kit to solve a variety of advanced problems, work with allies within your organization, and optimize how teams work. You will gain knowledge in planning, reporting, and metrics, and coordinating activities, as well as how to meet challenges in these areas. And you’ll develop the skills you need to foster emotional intelligence, resolve conflicts, and lead high-performance teams at any stage of development.

DASSM is endorsed credential of the Project Management Institute® (PMI), Inc. Learn more about the DASM certification Project Management Institute website.

What is Disciplined Agile (DA)?

“True business agility comes from freedom, not frameworks.” DA is an agnostic toolkit that harnesses a world of agile practices to guide you to the best way of working for your team or organization.

What is Displined Agile?

Learning Objectives for Disciplined Agile Scrum Master

  1. Describe the roles and responsibilities of DASSM.
  2. Describe the Tuckman Team Development Model (Tuckman, 1965).
  3. Practice a team development activity for the forming stage.
  4. Practice a team development activity for the storming stage.
  5. Practice a team development activity for the norming stage.
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  1. Practice a team development activity for the performing stage.
  2. Solve problems by identifying teams at various stages of development.
  3. Define emotional intelligence and explain why it is essential to team performance.
  4. Explain how to achieve each component of resilience and outlook.
  5. Explain how to achieve each component of emotional intelligence “with self.”
  6. Explain how to achieve each component of emotional intelligence “with others.”
  7. Explain why business agility is important to an organization’s viability.
  8. Describe how other business areas such as finance, legal, marketing, sales, and procurement can contribute to an organization’s overall business agility.
  9. Use the DA tool kit to identify and help resolve challenges that teams face in the Disciplined DevOps layer.
  10. Explain how to optimize delivery with the “test-first” method as it relates to the quality of requirements.
  11. Describe what the criteria for “done” might look like.
  12. Describe the scope and purpose of the value stream layer.
  13. Use the DA tool kit to optimize how teams work with the value stream layer.
  14. Use the DA tool kit to identify and help resolve challenges that the delivery teams face in the value stream layer.
  15. Explain the purpose of the Coordinate Activities process goal and why it is important.
  16. Explain how to improve the value creation structure of teams.
  17. Use the DA tool kit to optimize the flow of work and solve challenges related to coordinating and collaborating across teams, or within a larger team of teams.
  18. List examples of when conflict can be healthy within an individual and within a group.
  19. Explain the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Resolution Model and its components relative to concern for self and concern for others.
  20. Demonstrate how to use healthy and unhealthy language to solve a conflict. Identify the DA role responsible for planning.
  21. Describe the concept of sufficient planning.
  22. List and define the five levels of scope and who focuses on each.
  23. Demonstrate how to solve a planning problem using the Release Planning goal diagram.
  24. Explain how to implement just-in-time planning using a Gantt chart.
  25. Identify how your team can improve planning using two goal diagrams: Release Planning and Produce a Potentially Consumable Product (Plan Your Work decision point).
  26. Explain how to accurately forecast release dates and costs.
  27. Explain the difference between an MVP and an MBI.
  28. Explain how teams and organizations approach metrics.
  29. Explain what types of measuremeExplain how to choose and design specific metrics to measure improvements against areas related to team performance that need improvement (GQM, OKRs).Recognize when to be resilient.
  30. Demonstrate how to solve a measurement problem using the Govern Delivery Team goal.


Agile professionals with at least 2 years of experience working on an agile team in a leadership role, including but not limited to:

  • Project managers, program managers, and project team members
  • Agile professionals, Scrum Masters, and aspiring agile professionals
  • Business analysts and data analysts
  • Product owners and product managers
  • Customers and stakeholders


Two years of experience working on an agile team in a leadership role.

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Course Instructors

Barbee Davis

barbee davis imageBarbee Davis, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, DASM, DASSM, DAC, and CDAI, ICP-MKG, ICP-PO, CSCS, and CHP, owns Davis Consulting, an Authorized Training Center for PMI, and is a published author, speaker, writer of training materials and an innovator in presentation-skill workshops, PMP, PMI-ACP, and Disciplined Agile classes. Her experience is in government, education, healthcare, banking, IT, and construction, plus others. She worked for 15 years as a consultant and R.E.P. Quality Reviewer for PMI.
Barbee latest book, “Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects: Shifting Processes for Competitive Advantage” is available on You may also know her from, “97 Things Every Project Manager Should Know”, or “Quick Quizzes for Project Managers”. Twice a month look for her feature, Topic Teasers, in the online PMI publication
Barbee is sought after as an international speaker and trainer. She teaches PMP® Certification Prep, PMI-ACP® Certification Prep, and all of the new and innovative Disciplined Agile PMI classes in a fun and easy to understand and apply methodology. Don’t settle for an ordinary class when you could be a part of something special.