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You’re familiar with agile software development methodologies, especially the two big-guns, extreme programming and scrum.
However, every now and then, something you’re unfamiliar with crosses your radar. ASD (Adaptive Software Development) might be one of those. As one of the lesser known of the agile methodologies, it’s understandable if you don’t know much about it.
However, that doesn’t imply you shouldn’t know more about it.
Adaptive software development (ASD) phases, adapted from Pressman
The Adaptive Software Development methodology was created in the early 1990s by two project managers: Sam Bayer and Jim Highsmith—who would later on be one of the signers of the 2001 Manifesto For Agile Software Development, or simply the Agile Manifesto.
A key distinction between adaptive software development and other methodologies is that, in ASD, cycles are component-based, rather than task-based. It is common, for instance, for teams using other methodologies to break down user stories into more granular tasks, which are then assigned to developers to implement. In ASD, the focus is always the desired result. It defines components as a group of features, planned, implemented and delivered together.
Components, in the ASD sense, don’t refer only to visual components—such as buttons, form fields, or other GUI elements. It also includes all related “things” that are implemented together.
For instance, an online payment service could have an “invoice management” component, which would include not only the graphical elements necessary to carry out those tasks, but also the underlying APIs and storage mechanisms.
More specifically, there are three types of components in ASD: primary components, technology components, and support components. Primary components refer to the business functionalities themselves. Technology components, on the other hand, consist of pieces of technology or infrastructure that need to be in place for the primary components to be implemented. Technology components include not only hardware and network infrastructure, but also software such as operating systems, databases, frameworks, and more. What will often happen is that such components will already be ready to use. If they’re not, they need to be assigned to cycles for installation.
Support components include everything else not contemplated by the other two types. For instance, external-facing documentation, training materials, and more.
As in other methodologies, cycles in ASD are time-boxed, not only at the level of each individual development cycle, but also at the project level. Finally, ASD cycles are risk-driven and change-tolerant.
Being risk-driven can be understood as a willingness to fail fast., by placing higher-risk items in the earlier cycles. If you identify a risk in your project, you should try to reduce the likelihood of the failure. However, if reducing the probability isn’t possible, ASD says you should accelerate the happening of the failure. The rationale is simple: if a given decision is doomed to fail, it’s better and cheaper to find out earlier rather than later.
Being change-tolerant means that, instead of assuming most activities will happen as planned, you start with the premise that everything will change, and often. In ASD, teams create change-tolerant environments so change can be better managed. One of the ways in which this is accomplished is through the adoption of shorter time-frames. Also, ASD promotes a culture in which developers are constantly asking themselves questions about change, and also watching and evaluating what competitor services and products are doing.
Instead of trying to avoid change, ASD embraces that for the benefit of the client.
Similarities and Differences
Finally, successful collaboration relies on a willingness to commit to projects. Such willingness can’t be imposed. Instead, team members must volunteer to commit to the project.
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