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DSDM: Business Focused Development (The Agile Software Development Series) [Paperback]

DSDM Consortium , with Jennifer Stapleton
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15 Nov 2002 0321112245 978-0321112248 2

The Dynamic Systems Development Method is a process that is used to deliver new software systems.

  • Practitioner's guide addressing issues such as how to get people from different disciplines to work together as a team, how to gain commitment and how to manage projects within normal business constraints.
  • New edition covers how to use DSDM with other methodologies such as Extreme Programming and UML.
  • Updated case studies showing how DSDM is used in companies such as BT and British Airways.
  • Based on best practices and lessons learned by DSDM Consortium members and is vendor independent.
  • Members of the DSDM Consortium include Hewlett Packard, BT, British Airways, Ministry of Defence, PWC, Vodafone and KPMG.

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Software developers.

Author Biography:

The DSDM Consortium aimes to produce and evolve the de facto approach to building systems both quickly and efficiently. In the UK, DSDM is the most commonly used method for RAD since it has repeatedly demonstrated success in organizations of all sizes. It is now gaining acceptace on a worlwide basis

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 2 edition (15 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321112245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321112248
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 809,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Solving hard problems is fun – solving them with other people even more so."

~ Jennifer Stapleton

DSDM (the Dynamic Systems Development Method) has proved to be one of the most successful frameworks for "Agile" software development. The new edition of this classic introduction to DSDM has been fully updated to reflect recent changes in the framework and ‘best practice’ in its application.

Readers of this book will learn:

  • how DSDM can speed up project delivery

  • why agile methods like DSDM help to deliver business benefits more rapidly

  • how to get users involved in delivering a usable solution

  • how to deliver something that works in a short timescale.

The Second Edition features:

  • a wide variety of new case studies showing DSDM in practice in both large and small organizations

  • new guidelines for using DSDM in conjunction with other methods and notations like XP and UML

  • discussion of how new developments in DSDM relate to the ‘Agile Manifesto’ (included here in an appendix)

The DSDM Consortium is a not for profit membership organization dedicated to evolving the DSDM framework. Its members share knowledge and experience and help to write all DSDM publications.

Jennifer Stapleton, the editor of the book, has been Technical Director of the DSDM Consortium since its inception, and is also Director of Consulting at Empower Dynamics Limited. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and was its Technical Vice-President from 1996-2002. She became an independent consultant in 1996, and focuses on helping organizations to improve their processes in project delivery – always with an eye to delivering real satisfaction for the end-user.


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The DSDM Consortium aimes to produce and evolve the de facto approach to building systems both quickly and efficiently.  In the UK, DSDM is the most commonly used method for RAD since it has repeatedly demonstrated success in organizations of all sizes.  It is now gaining acceptance on a worldwide basis

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well-written, if brief, practical book. 24 Dec 1998
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I would agree with the previous reader's comments. This is a very well written, readable book which explores the subject of RAD using the DSDM framework. The author has taken a very practical stance when writing the book with many references to real-life accounts of project failure/success & as such ensures the book is a useful companion for the practising DSDM project manager (or manager-to-be). If I had a complaint it would be that the book is a tad light on content and some of the case studies have been written by the external systems houses who have used DSDM on projects they feel went well - hence, one gets the impression that in some cases the accounts are a little biased, and have been used to promote the respective companies' abilities. However, the case study of (the then) British Telecom is very interesting in that it covers a pilot DSDM project and refers to social/organisational/political pressures and how these might be avoided. I should also add that the book is endorsed by the DSDM Consortium & is written by the Chairman of its Technical Work Group. I would recommend this book to anyone considering moving into RAD, or anyone who has tried RAD and found it didn't quite work - chances are you'll discover why it failed when you read the book...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to DSDM 22 Jan 2001
I found this to be a good, clear book (in comparison to the DSDM Manual!) covering the essentials of the subject.
I'll leave it to others to comment on the accuracy or completeness, but I do give this book to any new staff member as an introduction to what they can expect.
And yes, I must admit, it is a little pricy for what it is (but I'd still recommend it).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clarifies the DSDM Manual 27 Nov 2000
By A Customer
The DSDM manual is somewhat unstructured. This book brings it together quite nicely and fills a few gaps too. Good clarification on how to organise timeboxes. If you're implementing DSDM, then I'd still recommend going on the training courses and involving a consultant in your first project.
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I had to buy this book for University. Although I am sure that the book is very good I think that it is seriously over priced for what it is, especially for students.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heaps of very interesting points 11 Jun 2000
By Rasmus
The topics are very interesting - and the book has lot of nice information. An eye-opener really! But, in writing style it just misses a bit.
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