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Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM)

October 18 @ 5:00 pm - October 21 @ 9:00 pm

Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM) october 18-21


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 of 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.


Vitality Chicago’s Disciplined Agile training program provides attendees with additional value-added resources and services. Students that attend Vitality Chicago’s Disciplined Agile training will have access to:

DA benefits table

Who Should Attend

This workshop is for people who:

  • 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.
  • Want to hone their Team Lead skills to the next level
  • 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 the 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 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.
  • Students Course Materials will be provided (.pdf) one day before the session.
  • This is 4 half-day course. Each day, workshop will begin at 8:00AM and end by 12PM CST with frequent breaks.
  • Class size is limited to 20 attendees
  • The class will have a complimentary follow-up exam prep session provided by DA Instructor to help prepare students for their DA exams

DASSM Exam Details

  • One free voucher for the DASSM exam is included in the course registration fee
  • Candidates need to take the DASSM exam within 30 days after the DA instructor submits the roster to PMI to use the free exam voucher
  • Candidates will receive an email from PMI with instructions on how to register for the DASSM exam
  • The DASSM exam is Online and hosted by Pearson Vue; it is not proctored
  • Candidates can take the exam any time of the day or night
  • There are 50 questions are on the exam
  • Students get 90 minutes to take the exam
  • PMI does not share the passing score for the DASSM exam
  • If a candidate does not pass the exam on the first attempt, they may retake the exam for a $150 fee
  • If a candidate fails the DASSM exam 3 times, they will need to retake the training course
  • The renewal cycles for the DASSM certification is 1 year and the PDU requirement is 7 PDUs

Course Pricing

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

Virtual Public Course


  • 3-Week Early Bird Price: $845.00
  • Regular Price: $995.00


  • 3-Week Early Bird Price: $1145.00
  • Regular Price: $1295.00

If an individual registers for a class 3 weeks in advance, then they will be able to get Early-Bird discounted rate.


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