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Adaptive Software Development (ASD)

  • Last Updated : 27 Jan, 2020

Adaptive Software Development is a method to build complex software and system. ASD focuses on human collaboration and self-organisation. ASD “life cycle” incorporates three phases namely:

1. Speculation
2. Collaboration
3. Learning 

These are explained as following below.

1. Speculation:
During this phase project is initiated and planning is conducted. The project plan uses project initiation information like project requirements, user needs, customer mission statement etc, to define set of release cycles that the project wants.

2. Collaboration:
It is the difficult part of ASD as it needs the workers to be motivated. It collaborates communication and teamwork but emphasizes individualism as individual creativity plays a major role in creative thinking. People working together must trust each others to

  • Criticize without animosity,
  • Assist without resentment,
  • Work as hard as possible,
  • Possession of skill set,
  • Communicate problems to find effective solution.

3. Learning:
The workers may have a overestimate of their own understanding of the technology which may not lead to the desired result. Learning helps the workers to increase their level of understanding over the project.
Learning process is of 3 ways:



  1. Focus groups
  2. Technical reviews
  3. Project postmortem

ASD’s overall emphasis on the dynamics of self-organizing teams, interpersonal collaboration, and individual and team learning yield software project teams that have a much higher likelihood of success.

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