DA & PMI – What does it mean?


Have you heard about PMI’s acquisition of Disciplined Agile? Well if you have not read along and if you have and have some questions, you may find below valuable. As Mark & Scott said at our DADay2019 “DA+PMI Our Exciting Future Together.” There is a sweet spot for DA in PMI just like there are sweets spots to DevOps, Agile and any improved way of working. Mark says DA won’t be a re-write of either methods and Bodies of Knowledge (PMBOK, DABOK) but extend and complement each other.


It just makes sense, with projects moving to agile ways of working why not use a toolkit to give all PMs the edge, knowledge, process, and tools to do it effectively. Mark & Scott, the Founders of DA, say, “We want to bring Disciplined Agile (DA) to the next level, and we need a partner to do this.” Quite Simply DA with PMI’s presence, support and “bigger machine” behind them shall propel DA to infinity and beyond!


All PMPs, PMI-ACP, DA, CDA, CDAP, CDAC, CDAI, members, chapters – current and new! Because DA promotes Awesome People as a modern agile way of working, there are many roles and team members in agile groups. So if your a PM, Developer, DevOps Engineer, Operations, HR, Finance, etc., everyone will benefit from this partnership! Will certifications be affected? However just announced today at DADAY2019, there may be a new change for CDAP to DA ScrumMaster and alignment to PMIs certifications. Going forward it seems to be the case and more information is forthcoming from PMI, stay tuned!


Check with your local chapter, check with Meetup for local guilds, and of course the PMI website and Disciplined-Agile.com FAQ for latest news and updates. We host guilds locally and in BC so join us for more information as these guild dates get announced on this website and meetup.com


When will the changes take effect? Mark & Scott say “Stay tuned!” I would think this will be both gradual and possibly some big bang (CDAP – PMI Professional DA SCRUM MASTERS is in the works) in terms of new services, knowledge and really cool announcements!
Now is the time to get certified and become a DA member!


I highly recommend folks register and become DA members and take a certified DA course, do the exam and get certified. Join a guild, talk to PMI chapter, join the LinkedIn DA group and or reach out to me via our contact form. Some wonder if costs will go up now that they are part of PMI, my answer is simple, “Mark & Scott are conscious of costs and keeping DA available to everyone, so they will always want to keep costs reasonable. “

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Born 1965, San Antonio, Texas and lives in Dallas, Tx.
Mr. James, Ronald, Maverick holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at The University of Texas, San Antonio.

Mr. Maverick or JR as many call him is a “slick” but warm and friendly character in our upcoming book on the DevOps Mindset. Mr. Maverick cares about his IT team very much and could charm the socks off a Texas Longhorn. JR is liked by many in his organization; however, he is not as well trusted by the Overlords as he used to be. Mr. Maverick has a group of loyal staff, including Mr. Barker a bit of an opposite to JR. Of course, Mr. Barker would never call him JR; he would only call him Mr. Maverick because well, Mr. Maverick is his boss. Mr. Maverick has held many IT positions in the past, including starting as a Sales Professional for HP and IBM mini and mainframe computers. Over the years he has risen through the ranks to hold this senior position by delivering using high-paid consultants and Big name firms. He also received his promotion from outsourcing to a foreign country where he was able to reduce his IT spend significantly. Recently he has discovered (actually this was made painfully aware to him by the Overlords) that both the Offshore roadmap and use of external consultants was not giving him the value and velocity for his IT department, and he was probably paying more than he bargained for

So, after hearing a talk at a DevOps event by the Agents of Chaos, JR decided to enlist them to help with their digital transformation roadmap and help improve the value, focus and velocity of his department. However, MR. Maverick has a few ideas about agile and DevOps, something he has heard about for a while and read in various CIO magazines; he thinks of these as Marketing terms and something that can be bought. While Mr. Maverick has held on for many years to traditional IT ways of working he has come to the end of his tenure if he doesn’t do something fast and get DevOps working quickly as he has promised to the Overlords providing him with a little more rope to get the transformation completed more quickly as they view his IT department ageing, procrastinators who are not able to keep up with business demands. JR says in his mind, “I will get it done, they don’t call me Maverick for nothing!“