DA Training: Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM)


May 10, 2021
8:00 AM CDT - 12:00 PM CDT
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PMI Chicagoland Chapter DA Training
Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM)

Course Summary

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 a nine-lesson, instructor-led course that shows you how to use the Disciplined Agile tool kit to solve a variety 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.

Filled with activities, supplemental reading, and more, this course will prepare you to take the Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM) exam and, equally important, start using Disciplined Agile immediately within your leadership role.

Upon Completing The Course

  • One Free Certification Exam voucher ($150 USD value) to be taken within 30 days of course completion.
  • Earn 14 PDUs, eligible in Technical (7) and Leadership (7) categories

Who Should Attend

This workshop is for people who:

  • Want to hone their Team Lead skills to the next level by leveraging Disciplined Agile
  • Want to advance their career and get certified in Disciplined Agile

Key Learning Outcomes

Upon completion you will be able to:

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of DASSM
  • Describe the Tuckman Team Development Model (Tuckman, 1965).
  • Practice a team development activity for the forming, storming, norming and performing stages.
  • Solve problems by identifying teams at various stages of development.
  • Identify and describe various methods of Team decision making
  • Define emotional intelligence and explain why it is essential to team performance.
  • Explain how to achieve each component of resilience and outlook.
  • Explain how to achieve each component of emotional intelligence “with self” and “with others”
  • Explain why business agility is important to an organization’s viability.
  • Describe how other business areas such as finance, legal, marketing, sales, and procurement can
    contribute to an organization’s overall business agility.
  • Use the spider chart to identify and analyze tactical scaling factors in more complex situations.
  • Describe the scope and purpose of the Disciplined DevOps layer.
  • Use the DA tool kit to optimize how the team works with the Disciplined DevOps layer:
  • Use the DA tool kit to identify and help resolve challenges that teams face in the Disciplined DevOps layer.
  • Explain how to optimize delivery with the “test-first” method as it relates to the quality of requirements
  • Describe what the criteria for “done” might look like
  • Describe the scope and purpose of the value stream layer.
  • Use the DA tool kit to optimize how teams work with the value stream layer
  • Use the DA tool kit to identify and help resolve challenges that the delivery teams face in the value stream layer.
  • Explain the purpose of the Coordinate Activities process goal and why it is important.
  • Explain how to improve the value creation structure of teams
  • 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.
  • List examples of when conflict can be healthy within an individual and within a group.
  • Explain the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Resolution Model and its components relative to concern for self and concern for others.
  • Demonstrate how to use healthy and unhealthy language to solve a conflict.
  • Identify the DA role responsible for planning.
  • Describe the concept of sufficient planning.
  • List and define the five levels of scope and who focuses on each.
  • Demonstrate how to solve a planning problem using the Release Planning goal diagram.
  • Explain how to implement just-in-time planning using a Gantt chart.
  • Identify how your team can improve planning using two goal diagrams: Release Planning and Produce a Potentially Consumable Product (Plan Your Work decision point).
  • Explain how to accurately forecast release dates and costs
  • Explain the difference between an MVP and an MBI
  • Explain how teams approach metrics.
  • Explain how organizations approach metrics.
  • Explain what types of measurement work and what do not work.
  • Explain how to choose and design specific metrics to measure improvements against areas related to team performance that need improvement (GQM, OKRs)
  • Demonstrate how to solve a measurement problem using the Govern Delivery Team goal.


  • Have 2 years of experience working on an agile team in a leadership role, like DA scrum master, scrum master, product owner, architecture owner, etc.
  • Prior to workshop, students must purchase or have a copy of the book Choose You WoW!  A Disciplined Agile Delivery Handbook for Optimizing Your Way of Working (WoW) by Scott Ambler and Mark Lines. If you are a PMI member, you can download a free e-copy.  https://www.pmi.org/disciplined-agile/books/dad-handbook
  • (Highly recommended) Read Section 1 of Choose Your Wow! Book and have a solid foundation in Disciplined Agile (DA) including but not limited to DA Mindset (Principles, Promises, Guidelines), DA Life Cycles, DA People, Agile Ceremonies and Artifacts, DA Process Blades, DA Process Goals, DA Process Goal Diagrams, DA Scaling Factors, 5 steps to choose your WoW, DA Phases, and Lean Principles and concepts.
  • Computer with video and audio capabilities and high-speed internet connection.
  • Access to Chrome, Edge, or Safari browser.

Course Logistics

  • Course will be delivered live by Jonathan Lee, Project Management Institute Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor (CDAI) through Video Conferencing and Online collaboration tools.
  • Students are highly encouraged to have video cameras on during the workshop to enhance collaboration and engagement amongst attendees.
  • An email will be sent with information on how to download Students Course Materials couple of days before the session start date.
  • This is a 3 half-day course. Each day, workshop will begin at 8:00 AM and end by 12:00 PM CST with frequent breaks.
  • Class size is limited to 21 attendees

Instructor – Jonathan Lee

Jonathan is a Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor (CDAI).  He has over 25 years of IT consulting experience serving in variety of roles including Developer, Business Analyst, Solutions Specialist, Architect, Project/Program Manager, Agile Project Manager, Product Owner, CRM Advisor, and Agile Instructor and Coach.  He is also PMI Chicagoland chapter past president and a graduate of Project Management Institute (PMI) Leadership Institute Master Class.  Jonathan is an energetic instructor who helps students connect the dots as they learn about the Disciplined Agile using examples and insights drawn from his past experiences.  As a value add, Jonathan also provides optional DA exam preparation coaching session to students that have taken his DA courses.

Course Pricing

All registration is non-refundable; however, they are fully transferable to another attendee.  If there are not enough students, PMI Chicagoland Chapter reserves the right to cancel/reschedule the course.  Refunds will be issued if class is cancelled by the Chapter.

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DASSM Pricing

If an individual register for a class 4 weeks in advance, then they will be able to get Early-Bird discounted rate.


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$899.00 DASSM
$799.00 Earlybird rate before April 12

$999.00 DASSM Non-Member
$849.00 Earlybird rate before April 12