Adaptive Software Development (ASD)

What is Adaptive Software Development?

Adaptive software development is a process that allows for changes in direction and scope as the project progresses. ASD is an agile methodology that enables the project to be flexible and respond to change.

What’s the history of Adaptive Software Development?

Adaptive Software Development was created by John Highsmith and Sam Bayer in the early 1990s as a means to scale down development efforts.

The original Rapid Application Development (RAD) agile framework was more iterative and shorter-interval, which is why they came up with an ASD variant. Highsmith and Bayer used their new project management method, which was built around one-month projects with one-week iteration periods, to finish over 100 real-world commercial software initiatives in a variety of sectors.

In Adaptive Software Development, Highsmith and his collaborators described their innovative method.

What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of ASD?


-Flexible and responsive to change

-Can be used on projects of any size

-Suitable for both software and non-software projects


-Can be more costly and time consuming than traditional waterfall approaches

-Requires a high degree of team collaboration and communication

-May not be suitable for all types of projects

Should you use Adaptive Software Development?

That depends on your project needs. If you need a process that is highly flexible and can respond to change, then ASD may be a good fit. However, if your project is rigidly defined and does not allow for changes, then ASD may not be the best approach. The bottom line is that you should always evaluate your project needs and choose the methodology that best suits them.

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