In early 2001, years after the emergence of the DSDM framework, the term “Agile” was applied to DSDM, SCRUM, Extreme Programming, and other methodologies. This was done when 17 software development practitioners gathered in Snowbird, Utah to discuss their shared ideas and various approaches to software development. These developers, popularly referred to as the Agile Alliance codified the common themes and established some basic principles in Agile. They Agile Alliance developed the Agile Manifesto and by doing so, they popularised the term ‘agile’.
In July 2006, DSDM Consortium made a public version of the DSDM framework available to individuals for use. Thereafter, in 2014, the DSDM handbook was made available online and for public use. By October 2016, the DSDM Consortium rebranded as the Agile Business Consortium, a not-for-profit, vendor-independent organisation.
The most recent version of the DSDM framework is DSDM Atern. Atern is a proven agile approach that provides the governance and thoroughness along with the agility and flexibility that many organisations demand today. DSDM Atern either can be used “as-is”, or can be combined with other recognised methodologies such as PRINCE2 and MSP. It is also ideal as a wrapper for more limited agile approaches to ensure that the whole project lifecycle is addressed. Atern has been responsible for the successful delivery of innumerable projects around the world
In partnership with the Agile Business Consortium, APMG developed AgilePM. AgilePM is based on the DSDM Atern framework. Also, it is a training and certification scheme underpinned by the AgilePM Handbook which is a subset of the Consortium’s Agile Project Framework for project managers. The AgilePM guidance offers a practical and repeatable methodology that achieves an ideal balance between the standards, thoroughness, and visibility required for good project management, and the fast-pace, change, and empowerment provided by Agile.