Adaptive Software Development


Adaptive Software Development

Adaptive Software Development is a software development process that grew out of rapid application development work by Jim Highsmith and Sam Bayer. ASD embodies the principle that continuous adaptation of the process to the work at hand is the normal state of affairs.

ASD replaces the traditional waterfall cycle with a repeating series of "speculate", "collaborate", and "learn" cycles. This dynamic cycle provides for continuous learning and adaptation to the emergent state of the project. The characteristics of an ASD life cycle are that it is mission focused, feature based, iterative, timeboxed, risk driven, and change tolerant.

The word “speculate” refers to the paradox of planning – it is more likely to assume that all stakeholders are comparably wrong for certain aspects of the project’s mission, while trying to define it. Collaboration refers to the efforts for balancing the work based on predictable parts of the environment (planning and guiding them) and adapting to the uncertain surrounding mix of changes caused by various factors – technology, requirements, stakeholders, software vendors, etc. The learning cycles, challenging all stakeholders, are based on the short iterations with design, build and testing. During these iterations the knowledge is gathered by making small mistakes based on false assumptions and correcting those mistakes, thus leading to greater experience and eventually mastery in the problem domain. [cite web|url=http://www.adaptivesd.com/articles/messy.htm|title=Messy, Exciting, and Anxiety-Ridden: Adaptive Software Development]

References

*"Adaptive Software Development: A Collaborative Approach to Managing Complex Systems", Highsmith, J.A., 2000 New York: Dorset House, 392pp, ISBN 0-932633-40-4
*"", Addison-Wesley, Jim Highsmith, March 2004, 277pp, ISBN 0-321-21977-5
*cite book | author = Lev Virine & Michael Trumper | year = 2007 | title = [http://www.projectdecisions.org Project Decisions: The Art and Science] | publisher = Management Concepts | id = ISBN 978-1567262179

* [http://www.adaptivesd.com Adaptive SD]
* [http://www.adaptivesd.com/articles/messy.htm Messy, Exciting, and Anxiety-Ridden: Adaptive Software Development]


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