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The most comprehensive and flexible Project Management technique that LShift subscribe to is the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM Atern)http://www.dsdm.org. All LShift staff attend the DSDM Practitioner Course and take the qualifying exam, and everyone at LShift is thoroughly experienced in using and applying the framework.

DSDM Atern is proven agile project delivery framework. The framework recognises that requirements will change as the project progresses, which makes it particularly well suited to software development projects. DSDM Atern is based on 8 key principles:

  • Focus on the business need
  • Deliver on time
  • Collaborate
  • Never compromise quality
  • Develop iteratively
  • Build incrementally from firm foundations
  • Communicate continuously and clearly
  • Demonstrate control

Within the DSDM framework there are 5 techniques that we use to aid the development process:

  • Focus on the business need
  • Iterative development
  • Timeboxing
  • MoSCoW prioritisation
  • Facilitated workshops
  • Modelling

Not all projects are suited to DSDM, but it is particularly well suited to projects when there are/is:

  • Empowered and skilled teams
  • Commitment and involved end users
  • Accommodation of frequent delivery
  • Development teams of 6 people or fewer
  • The ability to create prototypes
  • Highly demonstrable user interfaces
  • Fixed timescales, flexible requirements
  • Computationally non-complex requirements

The key benefit in using DSDM Atern is that the right business solution is delivered because:

  • The project team and other significant stakeholders remain focused on the business outcome
  • Delivery is on time, providing an early return on investment and reduced risk
  • All people in the project work collaboratively to deliver the optimum solution
  • Work is prioritised according to the business need and the ability of users to accommodate changes
 
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