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As an Agile project manager you're responsible for delivering projects successful in complex environments. Scrum is worldwide the most common Agile methodology but it's a framework for developing and sustaining complex products. The concept of a project is non-existing in Scrum. What do you do?

The gap between Scrum and the company project methodology can be filled in an adhoc way. The alternative is to adopt DSDM® Atern. DSDM® Atern is the only Agile approach to focus on delivering projects in a fully Agile way. Better, combining the strengths of DSDM® Atern and Scrum creates a synergy that provides you, as an Agile project manager, with a complete methodology to manage an Agile project and deliver awesome products on-time and on-budget in an ever changing environment.

So (next time) when you're embarking on a Scrum project, also use DSDM® Atern to address project delivery topics like: terms of reference, business case, deployment plan, benefit realisation plan, review records, etc. DSDM® Atern also includes a Project Approach Questionnaire (PAQ) to manage risks of using an Agile approach within your company. And finally, this will also prepare you for the "stuff" your PMO requires when using PRINCE2® as the general project methodology.

This DSDM Scrum Roadmap identifies critical topics when combining DSDM® Atern and Scrum so you can take full advantage of the synergy by understanding the alignment, the overlaps and even some conflicting items.

Feel free to use it, if you like it tell everyone and if you don't like it tell me!

DSDM Scrum Roadmap


DSDM® AternScrum.org
PurposeAgile project management framework providing best practice guidance for on-time and on-budget delivery of projects in any Business Sector.Agile process framework for developing and sustaining complex products.
*** Best Of Both Worlds ***
Project delivery of complex products in a complex environment.
Issuing OrganisationThe DSDM Consortium is the guardian of the DSDM® Atern methodology which is free to view and use.Scrum.org is the home of Scrum and maintains the Scrum Guide which is free to view and use.
Body of KnowldgeAgile Project Management Handbook
Scrum Guide

Training & CertificationAgilePM (Agile Project Management) training & certification as provided by APMG.Agile Scrum Master training & certification as provided by Yellowhouse.
Accountability for delivery on-time and on-budget
*** Conflict ***
The Project Manager is responsible for "all aspects of the delivery of the solution" and "high-level project planning and scheduling".The Product Owner tracks "progress toward completing projected work by the desired time for the goal".
The Scrum Master "serves the Product Owner in [...] understanding long-term product planning in an empirical environment".
Alignment: use Scrum
Benefit: complex domain implies many "unkown-unknowns" and accountability for scope/time/cost needs to be with one business representative being the Product Owner in Scrum
Tools: Iron Triangle
Timeboxing with variable scopePrioritise project work using MoSCoW (Must, Should, Could and Won't).Prioritise project work using relative ordering.Alignment: use Scrum
Benefit: more flexible, simpler and less confusing
Planning levelsThree planning levels: releases, increments and timeboxes.Two planning levels: releases and increments.Alignment: use Scrum
Benefit: feasible, simpler and more predictable
Tools: Agile Scrum Compass
People versus rolesProject with potentially many project roles and with potentially multiple people fulfilling one role.Project limited to three key roles (Product Owner, Scrum Master and Developer) and with only the Developer role to be fulfilled by multiple people. Alignment: use Scrum
Benefit: improved communication
Development Timebox1. Kick-Off
2. Investigation
3. Refinement
4. Consolidation
5. Close-Out
1. Sprint Planning - Part 1
2. Sprint Planning - Part 2
3. Sprint
4. Sprint Review
5. Sprint Retrospective
Alignment: use Scrum
Benefit: better defined
Daily TimeboxDaily Stand-UpDaily ScrumAlignment: use Scrum
Benefit: better defined
Project Roles1. Business Sponsor
2. Business Visionary
3. Business Ambassador
4. Project Manager
5. Workshop Facilitator
6. Atern Coach
7. Team Leader
8. Business Advisor
9. Solution Developer
10. Solution Tester
1. N/A
2-4. Product Owner (note: including product owner responsibility from DSDM Project Manager)
4-6. Scrum Master (note: including process owner responsibility from DSDM Project Manager role)
7-10. Developer
Alignment: use Scrum
Benefit: better communication
Pre-Project Products1. Terms of Reference
N/A

Alignment: use DSDM® Atern
Feasibility Products1. Feasibility Assessment: Outline Business Case and Outline Solution
2. Outline Plan including Project Approach Questionnaire (PAQ)
N/A Alignment: use DSDM® Atern
Benefit: covered by DSDM® Atern
Tools: Scrum-But TestAgile Inception Deck
Foundation Products1. Business Foundations: Business Vision and Business Case
2. Management Foundations
3A. Solution Foundations: Business Area Definition (BAD), System Architecture Definition (SAD) and Solution Prototype
3B. Solution Foundations: Development Approach Definition (DAD)
4. Prioritised Requiments List [baselined on a high level]]
5. Delivery Plan
6. Delivery Control Pack
1-3A. N/A
3B. Definition of Done [baseline]
4. Product Backlog [baseline with "Undone Work" for deployment(s)]
5-6. Release Burn-Up/Down Chart [baseline]
Alignment: use Scrum and complement with DSDM® Atern
Benefit: either covered by DSDM® Atern or Scrum
Tools: Scrum-But TestAgile Inception Deck
Exploration and Engineering Products1. Prioritised Requirements List [updated]
2. Delivery Plan
3. Delivery Control Pack
4. Timebox Plan
5. Timebox Review Record
6. Solution Assurance Pack: Solution Review Records, Business Testing Pack and Technical Testing Pack
7. Evolving Solution
8A. Deployment Plan
8B. Deployment Plan: Benefits Realisation Plan
1. Product Backlog [groomed]
2-3. Release Burn-Up/Down Chart [updated]
4. Sprint Backlog
5. Product Backlog [updated for product feedback and process improvements]
6. Definition of Done [updated]
7. Product Increment [ready for release]
8A. Product Backlog [updated with "Undone Work" for deployment(s)]
8B. N/A
Alignment: use Scrum and complement with DSDM® Atern
Benefit: either covered by DSDM® Atern or Scrum
Tools: Scrum-But Test
Deployment Products1. Project Review Report: Increment Review, Benefits Enablement Summary and End of Project Assessment
2. Deployed Solution
3. Deployment Plan
1. N/A
2. Product Increment [released]
3. Product Backlog [updated with "Undone Work" for deployment(s)]
Alignment: use Scrum and complement with DSDM® Atern
Benefit: either covered by DSDM® Atern or Scrum
Post-Project Products1. Benefits Assessment1. N/AAlignment: use DSDM® Atern
Benefit: covered by DSDM® Atern