Adaptive software development (ASD). ASD model explanation, uses, and FAQs.

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Adaptive Software Development 

Adaptive Software Development is an agile framework to design complex software and systems. 

Adaptive Software Development (ASD) is an advanced form of another agile framework, Rapid Application Development (RAD)

It was developed by Jim Highsmith and Sam Bayer. 

Examples of ASD include Scrum and Feature Driven Development (FDD).

Like other agile techniques, ASD helps teams be more adaptive to varying consumer needs, requirements and market demands.

Phases of Adaptive Software Development

ASD has a three phase approach: speculate, collaborate and learn.

These phases express the versatile behavior of Adaptive Software Development. 


This is the initiation phase of the product. 

A project plan is prepared. The plan involves project initiation details like project requirements, customer needs, market research etc, to list out the set of release cycles for the project.


The ASD methodology is used for developing complex software systems and for that, a variety of information and data are to be analyzed and processed.

This requires proper collaboration and communication between the diverse set of teams that are working on the project.

Collaboration is the skill to work together with different members having different expertise to produce the best outcomes.


The final phase is the learning phase. It involves iterations aimed at achieving product excellence

Iterations help with tweaking the errors and replaceable elements. These Iterations are short processes. 

This phase is called the learning phase because the project members learn from the errors and mistakes they make in order to explore the problem domain of the customers.

Learning cycle requires collaboration between stakeholders and the designers to iron out all major and minor faults.

These phases are interrelated as it is difficult to collaborate without learning or to learn without collaborating, in the same way, speculation can be done by learning and learning itself involves speculation. 

Similarly, it is not easy to speculate without collaborating or to collaborate without speculating.

Where shall ASD be used

ASD is beneficial in businesses where the priority is on rapid delivery of products and services, and values consistent improvement of the product features with changing times.

ASD’s main use is to enhance the adaptability of teams to the changing times, customer needs, behaviours, etc.

It follows a user-centric approach that helps in designing more instinctive software that caters well to user needs.

This could be a costly framework as it needs to be performed in a cyclic way. The continuous iterative testing that is to be carried out while the development process may shoot up the costs. 

It also requires a lot of user involvement, which is tough to achieve.

ASD is better suited for single projects.


Q: What is the purpose of Adaptive Software Development?

A: Adaptive software development is an agile framework that enables the product developers (software developers) to adapt to the continuously changing times, customer needs, behavior, and product expectations. 

Q: What are the key strengths of the Adaptive software development model?

A: The key strengths of ASD are:
Adaptability to changes: the process involves continuous testing where mistakes are made to adapt to the larger domain of problems the user might face.
Alignment and transparency: ASD involves the collaborating team members in decision making, problem-solving processes.
Short Iterations: This helps in solving the consumer’s problem at an early stage.

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