DSDM Agile project management cheat sheet

Gareth Saunders
Thursday 17 March 2016
Matrix of product phases and products, indicating who is responsible for what.
Matrix of product phases and products, indicating who is responsible for what.

Just over a year ago I was sitting in a classroom learning about and sitting two exams on DSDM Atern Agile project management.

Something that I wished had been available at the time was some kind of cheat sheet that broke down each of the DSDM phases (pre-project, feasibility, foundations, exploration, engineering, deployment, and post-project), indicated which products (usually documents) belonged to which phase, and who was involved in the creation of each product.

I couldn’t find anything suitable, so I created my own, pulling out all that information from appendix C of the DSDM Agile Project Management Handbook into a RACI matrix.

Over the last year I’ve found this to be a really useful resource. I have it printed out on A3 and stuck on the wall next to my desk; I refer to it a lot.

You’re welcome to use it and adapt it for your own needs: DSDM products and roles matrix (Excel .xslx, 15 KB)

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8 thoughts on "DSDM Agile project management cheat sheet"

  • Abayomi
    Thursday 7 April 2016, 6.48pm

    Thank you very much Gareth for this template. Its really awesome!

    • Gareth Saunders
      Gareth Saunders
      Thursday 21 April 2016, 10.09pm

      Thank you, you are welcome. I certainly find it useful so I thought others might also.

  • John
    Monday 25 April 2016, 3.57pm

    Thanks for sharing this cheat sheet! I imagine having it nearby is really helpful, and I'm sure I'll get similar use out of it. It always helps to have a resource you can look to for reference during the day-to-day work.

  • Robert Gage
    Robert Gage
    Sunday 26 February 2017, 8.50am

    Thanks for this; I was searching for something like this and - bingo! Very useful and thank you for sharing.

  • Robert Fowles
    Robert Fowles
    Tuesday 30 January 2018, 9.25pm

    Thanks for this resource Gareth, it is undoubtedly going to be very useful to me!

  • Nick dolan
    Nick dolan
    Wednesday 21 July 2021, 1.28pm

    Gareth, Thanks very useful and invaluable Thanks

  • solomani
    Tuesday 19 October 2021, 2.54am

    Thank you sir, very useful. I have run multiple DSDM agile projects and now I am running an dsdm agile programme and this is handy - especially for people who know little to nothing about agile, let alone DSDM Agile.

    Friday 3 June 2022, 1.42pm

    Thank you very informative as I am just doing my DSDM class now


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