Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dynamic Systems Development Method

   Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) an agile software development for projects which are on a tight deadline. DSDM delivers projects on time in a need and robust form. Its priority is based on the must have requirements of a system. It achieves the immediate needs of a project and allow for additional functionality later on. It is based on nine principles and all nine principles need to be applied to start implementing a project. Ignoring one of the principles puts a project at risk.

Principle 1: Active user involvement is imperative
·         Ensures pro-activeness of involving users to support and participate at an early stage
Principle 2: DSDM teams must be empowered to make decisions
·         Team members must be able to make quick decisions
Principle 3: The focus is on frequent delivery
·         Controlling activity and working rapidly within a constraint time

Principle 4: Essential criterion (fitness for business) for acceptance of deliverables
·         Validation is more important than verification

Principle 5: Iterative and incremental development
·         User involvement evolves the system by tacking errors before they become costly

Principle 6: All changes during development must be reversible
·         Ensuring only recent work needs to be rethought by doing frequent backtrack to a known safe point in development when a wrong path has been taken

Principle 7: Requirements are baselined at a high level.
·         To ensure that work is based on a common understanding of captured requirements

Principle 8: Testing is integrated throughout the lifecycle
·         Test as you go, all forms of testing are carried out throughout the project

Principle 9: Collaborative and co-operative approach between all stakeholders is important.
·         User/developer team work must work effectively as well as co-operation between the business and IT organization

Above is the dsdm process figure, the golden arrows indicates the forward path while the purple greyish arrows indicates the recognized routes to evolve the system. The so called three pizzas and a cheese development process, the DSDM development lifecycle consist of only five phases and the whole lifecycle has seven phases in all.

      1.       Pre-project
·         Ensures that the project is correctly set up.

2.       Feasibility study
·         Investigating whether or not DSDM is the right framework for the project.

3.       Business study
·         Provides the business and technical foundations.

4.       Functional model iteration
·         Produce both analysis documents and working software.

5.       System design and build iteration
·         Plan and bring about the system to the required operational level.

6.       Implementation
·         Assessing the scope of what has been delivered to specified requirements.

7.       Post-project
·         Maintain and review the solution in use, as for testing it is performed throughout the iterative phases not at the end of the development lifecycle.


  1. Hi Tsholo
    lol! I totally forgot about such agile software development concepts. Mrs Immelda Koen Class In the RAD ( Rapid Application Development). This Class was crucial as in the corporate world largest Enterprise Entities follow the same mythologies for SDLC . I have found it easy to adapt because one has the background From CTI . Do u still remember the Triple constraint we did in PM (Project Management) and the prototype we developed but did the opposite of what it was supposed to do.

  2. jip...I still remember them like the back of my hand hey