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DSDM® AgilePF® - Agile Project Framework (6th version / 2014) by Mind Map: DSDM® AgilePF® - Agile Project Framework (6th version / 2014)
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DSDM® AgilePF® - Agile Project Framework (6th version / 2014)

DSDM®, Atern®, AgilePM® are registered trade marks of Dynamic Systems Development Method Limited in the United Kingdom and other countries. AgilePgM™ is a trade mark of Dynamic Systems Development Method Limited in the United Kingdom and other countries. Trademarks are properties of the holders, who are not affiliated with mind map author.

Current DSDM® Consortium products family

DSDM® Consortium products history in a nutshell

Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM®) Agile Project Framework (AgilePF®) - an iterative, incremental and adaptive (change-driven / empirical) agile project management method and framework (not just framework like Scrum) originally from UK and was intended for software development projects (but can be easily adopted to any business domain). It has very long history of development - 20 years with 6 releases/versions, which makes it one of the oldest Agile project Management methods. DSDM® is seen as a hybrid method, which combines project management / delivery with product development / construction into one lifecycle and method. DSDM® can be easily managed together within programme using Agile Programme Management method (AgilePgM®. DSDM® and AgilePgM® were created by DSDM® Consortium -

Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM®) 1st version was published in early 1995 (with training and accreditation scheme).

Version 2 was published in 12.1995.

Version 3 was published in 10.1997.

Version 4 was published in 2002 (online only).

Version 4.1 was published in 02.2003 (online only).

Version 4.2 was published in 01.2003 (online only).

Version 5 (called DSDM® Atern®) was published in 06.2008.

6th (current, newest) version was published in 20th anniversary of DSDM® in 07.2014 and was named "The DSDM® Agile Project Framework"

DSDM® Fundamentals

What is DSDM®?

How DSDM® addresses key project problems?

Why using DSDM®?

DSDM® vs Traditional Project Variables

DSDM® rigour

Download: Traditional vs DSDM® project variables (PDF)

Agile fundamentals (agile in general not DSDM® fundamentals)

Agile Manifesto

Agile Alliance

Agile currently is buzzword, a marketing term

The Agile Mindset, Values and Principles

Agile is a umbrella term enclosing different methodologies, tools, techniques, practices and frameworks

Plan-Driven Projects vs. Change-driven Project Projects

Agile is best for complex projects

Agile is about delivering Value

Agile is about focusing on business value / outcome, not strictly project plan / output

Agile respects the urgency and importance of priorities conveyed by the customer / user, most prominently by incremental delivery and flexible sequencing

Agile respects the common sense that all requirements can not be known at the outset, particularly when the outcomes are intangible and subject to an evolving understanding.

Agile is about working closely and constantly (active two side collaboration) with customer throughout (including more than just feedback loops)

Agile is about change, constant change which leads to better value

Agile thinking / approach often requires mind change

Agile thinking / approach often requires cultural shift

Why Agile Works

DSDM® Philosophy

The DSDM® philosophy

6P Model

Philosophy is achieved when all stakeholders

The DSDM® philosophy is supported by a set of 8 principles that build the mindset and behaviours necessary to bring the philosophy alive.

The 8 principles are themself supported by people, Agile process, clearly defined products and recommended practices

Common sense


DSDM® Principles (8)

Principles are universally applicable statements.

The 8 principles of DSDM® direct the team (not mandates) in the attitude and culture they must take and the mindset they must adopt in order to deliver consistently.

If a team doesn't follow all the principles then they don't get the full benefit.

Treat non-adherence to the principles as a risk.

The 10 Golden Rules for Successful Agile Projects (by Keith Richards)

1 - Focus on the business need

2 - Deliver on time

3 - Collaborate

4 - Never compromise quality

5 - Build incrementally from firm foundation

6 - Develop iteratively

7 - Communicate continuously and clearly

8 - Demonstrate control

Summary & Conclusion

DSDM® Roles (13)



Role Combinations

Project-level roles

Solution Development Team (SDT) (project can have multiple SDTs)

Supporting Roles

Summary & Conclusion

DSDM® Products (a.k.a. Artifacts) (for simplicity documentation) (14)


For people coming from non corporate environment these products may be a bit overwhelming (e.g. small projects combining only several people).

For people coming from corporate environment these products are already used in most of their projects.

"Ensure your documentation is short and sharp and make much more use of people-to-people communication." Bentley & Borman, 2001


Pre-Project phase

Feasibility phase

Foundations phase

Evolutionary Development

Deployment phase

Post Project phase

Summary & Conclusion

DSDM® key techniques (7)

MoSCoW Priritisation

Daily Stand-Up

Facilitated Workshops

Timeboxing (a.k.a. Sprinting from Scrum)

Iterative Development



Other techniques used in Agile (not defined in DSDM® method, but can be easily implemented)

DSDM® Instrumental Success Factors (ISFs) (5)

When these factors are not met, they represent a significant risk to DSDM® approach.

1. Embracing the DSDM® Approach

2. Effective Solution Development Team (SDT)

3. Business Engagement - Active and On-going

4. Iterative Development, Integrated Testing and Incremental Delivery

5. Transparency

The Project Approach Questionnaire (PAQ) - Assessing Options and Risks

DSDM® Process (1) with Phases (6)


DSDM® provides an iterative, incremental and adaptive framework, with 6 lifecycle phases.

The DSDM® process model comprises a framework which shows the DSDM® phases and how they relate to one another

The process have 6 phases:

DSDM® project lifecycle examples

Summary & Conclusion

People, Teams and Interactions

Requirements and User Stories

This freeware, non-commercial mind map (aligned with the newest version of DSDM® AgilePF ) was carefully hand crafted with passion and love for learning and constant improvement as well for promotion the DSDM® AgilePF® method and as a learning tool for candidates wanting to gain DSDM® AgilePF® qualification. (please share, like and give feedback - your feedback and comments are my main motivation for further elaboration. THX!)

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DSDM® AgilePF® method (6th version / 2014) consists of: 1 Philosophy, 8 Principles, 5 Instrumental Success Factors (ISFs), 1 Process (having 6 Phases), 13 Roles, 14 Management Products (a.k.a. documentation), 7 Techniques.

Download: DSDM® v6 - Project Health Check Questionnaire (PHCQ) (XLSX)

Download: DSDM® free assets

DSDM® Official publications

The DSDM® Agile Project Framework Handbook

Previous, 5th version was called DSDM® Atern®

Watch: Global Alignment: PRINCE2®:2009 & DSDM® (by Keith Richards) - video is based on previous version of DSDM® v5, yet it is still up to date in case of DSDM® v6

Watch: The Power of DSDM®! (by Keith Richards) - video is based on previous version of DSDM® v5, yet it is still up to date in case of DSDM® v6

Interactive DSDM® v6 Glossary

Interactive DSDM® v6 Glossary

Watch: What is DSDM®

Watch: How Does DSDM® Work