Project Management Institute

PMI Update: Re-imagining and unlocking constraints. PMI’s Disciplined Agile


8 May 2020

Business agility is becoming more and more important, but it requires the workflows, the technology and the people doing the work to be more agile.

Pretty much every industry, globally, has been impacted by COVID-19. Some companies have shrunk to a virtual standstill – especially small enterprises that rely on footfall, like restaurants and retail shops or larger airline companies. Some companies have witnessed massive demand increases, like distribution companies, pharmaceuticals, toilet roll manufacturers. Most enterprises seek to establish an approach for a yet unclear, future work ecosystem.

Now, as the world begins to look beyond COVID-19 there is much to talk about. Material changes are afoot, and people call it the “The New Norm” or “the New Normal”. Call it what you will, we all know work and the ongoing working environment will not be the same as it was in the lead up to 2020. The onset of 2020 has brought an explosive seed of change. It took a global pandemic and worldwide lockdowns to trigger the need for wholesale changes that even creative CEOs, CIOs or competition struggled to initiate… A worldwide, rapid and uncontrolled spread of an “invisible enemy” has initiated the kind of urgency that truly drives transformation. Companies are reacting by wiping the slate clean, having to reimagine, redesign and reboot and organizational agility is no longer a nice to have but critical for survival.

The agile manifesto was borne from considering VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) situations and has been followed over decades as a credible way to inject agility into various ways of working. However, there’s a challenge. No company is the same, no resources are the same, and there is so much choice. Great frameworks, methods and approaches already exist. Which one to choose? What direction should one take? The agile world is fragmented and “undisciplined”; an ecosystem of differentiated and separate bodies – all relevant and good in their own right – but undisciplined none the less. Enter PMI’s Disciplined Agile.

PMI’s Disciplined Agile is a rich and unique tool kit made up of the world’s leading agile and lean practices that optimises agility within your organisation and works alongside all forms of agile. It gives you choice — the ability to select the most appropriate way of working for you, your team and your organisation. It unlocks you from the confines of a single ridged approach – by giving you options. It guides you personally towards your own unique way of working and goes on to ensure that you focus on continuous improvement – iterative and relevant.  PMI’s Disciplined Agile allows you to inject more effectiveness and responsiveness in addressing your company’s needs. A map that guides you to the outcome you want by considering what you are trying to accomplish and the context you work in.

The Basics of Disciplined Agile is a course to introduce you to the Disciplined Agile Toolkit and its philosophy. It is a precursor to more specific and in-depth courses you can take and gain a number of certifications such as the Disciplined Agile Lean ScrumMaster (DALSM) and Certified Disciplined Agile Coach (CDAC). The Basics of Disciplined Agile is an eight module, self-paced online course based on real-life scenarios. After taking the course, you will have a sound idea of how Disciplined Agile works and how the tool kit can be applied to help you and your organisation as you re-imagine the future.

Companies now recognise the need to have the ability to rapidly pivot away from danger. The need to be nimble, fast moving…beyond flexible… almost gymnastic, in their response. Altering workflows, processes, technologies, governance, resources, mission, purpose and even culture at pace. Traditional structures and working practices may not always offer the level of elasticity now needed. PMI’s Disciplined Agile Toolkit and approach enables you to enhance your own relevance in helping organizations to address these new challenges.