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This Course takes a look at how you can work in an Agile way. It will help you to understand what value is, how to measure progress, what Kanban is, and what a project is. You will also learn more about iterative development, and how to estimate and reflect on your own Agile journey.   

Learning Objectives 

The objectives of this Course are to provide you with and understanding of: 

  • What value is
  • How to measure progress
  • What Kanban is 
  • What Agile pm/ DSDM is 
  • How to deliver in an iterative way 
  • How to estimate 
  • Growth through mastery  

Intended Audience 

This Course is suitable for anyone with no prior knowledge of Agile who is considering, evaluating or involved in a move towards working in (or with) an agile environment.  


There are no prerequisites for this Course, however, participants should be familiar with the content and rationale in the Agile Manifesto ( ) 


We welcome all feedback and suggestions - please contact us at if you are unsure about where to start or if you would like help getting started. 


When working in complex environments we may need an agile framework that deals with the full project lifecycle and agile PM DSDM is great for this. In this video we're going to take an introductory look at the framework elements which include the philosophy, principles, pillars and foundations. While you learn about agile PM DSDM it's important to keep in mind the core philosophy of the framework that any project must be aligned to clearly defined strategic goals and focus upon early delivery of real benefits to the business. 

Great, so DSDM has eight principles that underpin the philosophy and create the mindset you'll need when working with the framework. Let's take a look at all of them quickly. 

First up, focus on the business need. The project should always satisfy a business need first and foremost and this will keep it aligned with the business strategy and deliver true business value. 

Next, deliver on time. Delivering a solution on time is a very desirable outcome and sometimes underpins the entire rationale for delivering the project. DSDM identifies that the safest place to trade on this type of project is to lower priority features so we prioritise features and time box our work. This way, if we have a delay, we can trade features to keep on time. 

The third principle is collaborate. Working together with your team and stakeholders as much as possible will help you to work through the project in the most efficient way. 

Fourth, never compromise quality. The quality of any service or product that you deliver must always be a top priority. Agile PM DSDM always delivers a fit-for-purpose solution as a reduction in scope should never be a reduction in quality. 

Our fifth principle is build incrementally from firm foundations. Incremental delivery is a key way in which most agile frameworks deliver solutions and agile PM DSDM is no different. We try and deliver something usable into the business so we can get early business benefits. 

Sixth, develop iteratively. Iterate development is about feedback loops. This means we have a conversation with stakeholders about the work we're going to do, then take action. Once we finish the work, we'll review it together to make informed decisions about what to do next. 

The seventh principle is communicate continuously and clearly. Communication should never suffer in an agile environment and communication is also a big part of collaborating. 

Last up, demonstrate control. The people working in the project need to demonstrate control, both to their colleagues and their clients. This builds faith in the project and keeps momentum. 

Fantastic stuff. The next thing you need to know about are the four pillars of DSDM. The four pillars are there to uphold the principles. They are process, people, products and practices. The process gives us a full end-to-end project lifecycle. The people element identifies the roles and responsibilities of the project management team. The products area brings into focus the management control of project information and last up, practices help us to understand techniques we can use while working on an agile project. Always remember that DSDM is built on a foundation of common sense and pragmatism, which means don't get bogged down with the theory, practically apply the framework. 

And that's it for this video. By using the DSDM philosophy, principles, pillars and foundations, organisations can manage projects in an agile way and tackle complex issues with a systematic and pragmatic approach.

About the Author
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Tony has over 20 years’ experience in Business Development, Business Change, Consulting, and Project/Program Management working with public, private, and third sector organizations.

He has helped organizations to design and create processes and procedures to align ways of working with corporate strategy. A highly motivated and detailed solution provider, utilizing a wide range of methods and frameworks to provide structure whilst promoting creativity and innovation.

As a confident and self-motivated professional with excellent communication skills, Tony is able to bring people together and get them working as a team quickly.

Tony is an Agile and Scrum trainer with a vast knowledge spanning IT Systems, Business Change, Program and Project Management. With excellent presentation skills and a solid background, he ensures that all clients gain maximum benefit from his training. He has successfully guided those new to the industry through their initial training, helped experienced staff as they progress in their careers, and worked at the director level advising on best use and practice, as well as tailoring courses to fulfil the exact needs of clients.