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Some Other Methodologies

The following are some other methodologies.

Feature-Driven Development (FDD)

This is an ad-hoc methodology that arranges the planning of features to be developed in a chronological order as we do in a traditional approach but each feature is produced through iteration and increment as in agile.

The planning of the required features happens at the beginning of the project and we use agile practices to build out the product or system - the work is divided up into smaller components to be created and tested and is organized into multiple sprints. The following are some characteristics of FDD:

FDD is known for its parking diagrams used to keep track of work progress.

Dynamic Systems Development Management (DSDM)

This is another ad-hoc approach which involves the usual stages/milestones of the traditional approach (feasibility study, design, etc.) but each stage is a miniature agile project in which we iterate and increment in order to complete the requirements of that stage.

It has eight (8) principles which were created prior to the publishing of the Agile Manifesto:

  1. Focus on business need
  2. Deliver products on time
  3. Collaborate
  4. Never compromise of quality
  5. Build incrementally, starting with firm steps
  6. Develop iteratively
  7. Communicate continuously and clearly
  8. Make your control visible


This approach is not agile or traditional or even ad-hoc. It is a universal philosophy that can be applied to any project: do what works, don't do what doesn't. Lean is about minimizing wastage of assets available to the work team especially time.

In Lean, we identifying weak points and fix them as quickly as possible. This elimination of wastage will aggregate over time even if the difference is not seen immediately:

Ideas > Build Product > Measure > Data > Learn > Repeat

Such a philosophy, when applied over the lifetimes of multiple projects can help to set your company or team apart from the competition. Lean has seven (7) core concepts: