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Foundations of Disciplined Agile

Join this two-day class if you’re comfortable with your expertise in both agile and lean ways of thinking and working. You will learn about the foundations of Disciplined Agile and practice ways to guide your choices about your team’s way of work using the DA toolkit.


This course is delivered in partnership with Novavi.

In these challenging and unique market conditions, adaptability will be the key to relevance, both for businesses and professionals. Now more than ever is the time to up skill yourself, and differentiate the value you bring.

Novavi have a passion for helping individuals and organizations understand what their options are, and which ones work in different contexts leads to better decisions. We firmly believe that agility is the new currency of business. For true business agility, we need to choose our own agile way of working optimizing for our unique situation. Every team is different and faces unique situations. Disciplined Agile (DA) is a toolkit that enables us to make better decisions inside our organizations and enables optimization of agile teams by choosing our own way of working.

As a team leader you strive to be more agile and help your team be more productive. To succeed, you need an agile mindset, combined with leadership and team management skills. At the same time need to do so within the context of your organization and its culture.

The new Combined Foundations of Lean and Disciplined Agile training and certification provides tools and strategies to help you lead an agile team, influence people, and remove impediments. Using real-world agile strategies, you will learn how to tailor your team’s Way of Working (WoW) to optimize productivity and continuously improve.


Day One: Foundations of Disciplined Agile

The Disciplined Agile Mindset

a. The seven principles of DA

b. The Disciplined Agile Manifesto

Overview of Disciplined Agile

a. Layers of organizational agility

b. Lifecycles – Team and value stream (DA FLEX)

c. Goal diagrams – How to read and how to use

d. Complex adaptive systems

People and Teams

a. Roles and responsibilities

b. Team structures

Team Agility

a. Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)

b. Agile business teams

c. Agile service teams

Organizational Agility

a. Value streams

b. Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE)

c. Disciplined Agile IT (DAIT)

d. Disciplined DevOps

e. Disciplined Agile FLEX

Lean Governance


Day Two: Choosing Your Way of Working (WoW)

WoW: Choosing Your Way of Working (WoW)

DA Principles: 7 principles of DA and complex adaptive systems (CAS)

5-Steps: five steps to choosing your team's way of working (WoW)

a. What is the context faced by your team?

b. Choosing the best-fit lifecycle

c. Understanding, selecting, and applying process goals in your team’s context

d. Laying out your team’s initial way of working (WoW)

e. Disciplined retrospectives and Guided Continuous Improvement (GCI)

f. Tracking and measuring process improvement effectiveness


Instructors: Aldo Rall, Horia Slușanschi & Gareth Holebrook

Aldo Rall gained his first DA certification in 2015, and served with the DA Advisory Council. He spends his time coaching organisations and teaching people about agile and lean ways of work.

Horia Slușanschi has volunteered with PMI for almost a decade, and served with the team that authored the PMI Agile Practice Guide. He is passionate about nurturing customer delight through joyful work.

Gareth Holebrook is a seasoned technology product development professional. He coaches teams using agile & lean ways of work. He develops ‘systems thinking’-inspired approaches to organisational design.



  • Workshop attendees will be registered on Disciplined Agile Consortium to receive DA communications, engage with the DA community, and track their certification progress
  • One free attempt of the Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master certification test when taken within 30 days of the course end date
  • Technical (14): see how to claim PMI PDU's

Novavi focused renewal        PMI Authorised Training Partner

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