And why you should take it this year from me and my associates this year.
The Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant Workshop is based on Flow, Lean, Theory of Constraints, and organizational development. It does not require particular practices or a particular starting point. This means that it can be used to improve any other approach.
What all this means is that regardless of the approach your company is taking, you will find the DAVSC will enable you to make it work better. In addition, as someone who has been intimately involved in most of the frameworks that are popular today, I can explain specifically how to use this knowledge. And, as the chief creator of the DAVSC, I can provide insights into how & why it was built the way it was. In my two remaining offerings of the DAVSC this year I am adding extra (optional) hour sessions where I discuss this.
Other approaches have several things in common with each other that is not true of the DAVSC:
- they are frameworks- DAVSC has a decision framework in it, but is not a framework
- they have predefined starting points- DAVSC teaches you how to define a fit for purpose approach
- they include a set of practices you need to follow to consider to be using the framework- DAVSC spells out objectives to meet, not how to do them while providing proven methods so you don’t need to create them
- they do not start by looking at the current value stream of the organization
There are also many practices in the DAVSC that are not in other popular approaches but which I have found to be essential:
- It’s organized around the value stream providing a holistic view
- Uses the concept of the idealized value stream which provides a target state & doesn’t require intense & expensive value stream mapping
- Uses an improvement backlog instead of a roadmap so you can manage your improvements in an agile manner
- Provides a fit for purpose adoption approach instead of a predefined on
- Includes a simple Agile Budgeting and Lean Allocation method inspired by Beyond Budgeting
- Uses both MVPs and MBIs (Minimum Business Increments) as appropriate
- Provides insights into how to work within complex systems which enables change with a high degree of certainty
- A variety of ways to organize teams effectively
- Is designed to work for all sizes of organizations
- Provides the “why” for all of its practices
- Has an integrated Community of Practice for all graduates to continue to learn
While you need to be a DASSM to be certified, you just need to understand a little about Agile to attend the workshop.
View my scheduled workshops here to get started.