Introduction to DSDM Certifications
DSDM Agile Project Framework is one of the primary and most solvent frameworks for Agile project management. Promoted by the UK-based Agile Business Consortium (formerly known as the DSDM Consortium – Dynamic System Development Method), its appearance dates back to 1994. Arie van Bennekum, one of its drivers, signed the manifesto for Agile Software Development in 2001.
The framework is based on the philosophy that every project must be clearly aligned with an organization’s strategic objectives and focused on delivering real value to the organization quickly. It covers the entire project life cycle and provides best practices for delivering projects on time, on budget, and with proven scalability to address projects of any size and in any business sector.
DSDM is designed to be easily adapted and used in conjunction with other traditional methods, those outlined in the PMBOK®, or to complement other agile approaches such as Scrum. In this sense, DSDM is an excellent reference model, both for companies that want to make a determined commitment to agility, and for all those organizations that wish to adopt dual IT models, combining traditional and agile approaches.
To complement the framework, the Agile Business Consortium published the AgilePM® Handbook, AgilePgM® Handbook, and AgileBA® Handbook. Each describes how to apply DSDM for project management, program management, and business analysis, respectively. These certifications are administered by APMG. APMG also offers digital badges to those who obtain a certification.
DSDM Certifications + Courses
APMG Agile Program Manager (AgilePM®) Foundation + Practititioner
The Agile Project Management Handbook (published by the Agile Business Consortium) describes a framework for the management and agile delivery of projects, designed to help organizations and teams obtain results quickly and efficiently.
Candidates for the AgilePM® Foundation certification must demonstrate that they know the principles that guarantee the success of agile projects. Those wishing to obtain the AgilePM® Practitioner certification must demonstrate their ability to apply the knowledge to the projects they direct. The Foundation level certification is a prerequisite for the Practitioner level certification.
We recommend these certifications to Project Managers who work on or wish to work on agile projects.
APMG Agile Program Manager (AgilePgM®) Foundation
Developed in collaboration with APMG and the Agile Business Consortium, the AgilePgM® certification supports an agile approach to organizational change management. This certification will validate the ability to build agile programs that can respond to change, utilize agile methodology for successful delivery, and facilitate productive stakeholder relationships.
This course is recommended for Program Managers, PMO Managers, Risk Managers, and Project Managers.
APMG Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA®) Foundation + Practitioner
Developed in collaboration with APMG and the Agile Business Consortium, the AgileBA® is a new training and certification scheme for Business Analysts working in agile environments.
Candidates wishing to obtain the AgileBA® Foundation certification must demonstrate that they have the knowledge to obtain, analyze, and validate the requirements in an agile project, as well as its relation with the strategy and mission of the organization. Those wishing to obtain the AgileBA® Practitioner certification must demonstrate how to facilitate, apply, and test a variety of agile practices on a project. The Foundation level certification is a prerequisite for the Practitioner level certification.
We recommend this certification to Business Analysts who work on or wish to work on agile projects.