DSDM (Dynamic Systems Development Method), the longest-established Agile method, launched in 1995, is the only Agile method to focus on the management of Agile projects. Arie van Bennekum represented DSDM at the launch of the Agile Alliance and their Agile Manifesto in 2001.
DSDM has mainly operated in the corporate environment where it consistently demonstrates its ability to successfully work within and complement existing corporate processes.
Practising evolutionary development itself DSDM’s latest version (Atern) incorporates those improvements .
This article provides a high-level introduction to Atern: its structure & phases, principles, roles & responsibilities and a brief look at the products.
Note that the whole Overview including all the related posts can be downloaded in English or German using the options at the end of this post.
Atern differs from more common agile approaches as it encompasses the entire project lifecycle and not just software development (where Scrum prevails). It incorporates project management disciplines and provides mechanisms to ensure that the project benefits are clear, the proposed solution is feasible and there are solid foundations in place before detailed work is started.
Many organisations guide general behaviour with high-level values and culture. Well-understood principles are better guides than detailed process procedures. In Atern principles are used to provide guidance throughout the project. Atern has eight underlying principles and the complete framework can be directly derived from these.
Atern defines the roles and responsibilities in such a way that it easy to imagine how existing roles and positions would fit into an Atern project.
Deliverables are associated with each phase of the lifecycle. These are referred to as products. Not all products are required for every project and the formality will vary according to the project and organisation. Influencing factors could be contractual relationships and corporate standards.Some products are specific to a particular phase in the lifecycle, others may continue to evolve through subsequent phases.
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