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What happened to the DSDM Consortium? Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM), an agile method, was originally used for software development but is now more widely used in project administration.
Similar to PRINCE2, Critical Path Management (CPM), and Extreme Project Management (XPM), DSDM can also be described as a way of getting things done.
DSDM was established in 1994 to replace the unstructured Rapid Application Development Framework (RAD). DSDM relied heavily on customer feedback and strict resource management. It was therefore best to follow a set of principles and philosophies. The DSDM Consortium was formed.
The Birth of the DSDM Consortium
The DSDM Consortium was established after DSDM was introduced in IT. It was a group of software engineers and vendors that were committed to promoting DSDM. They also developed and implemented best practices to promote the emerging method.
The Butler Group hosted the first meeting of the group in London. It featured representatives from American Express and Oracle, British Airways, Logica, and British Airways. Data Sciences and Allied Domecq also attended the event, although they weren’t members at the time.
The DSDM Consortium, which is made up of the listed IT and software professionals, has created a public version of their DSDM Handbook version 4.2 in 2007. The consortium is a non profit organization. The DSDM can be sold by members in many forms. The DSDM Consortium was created to help develop and implement DSDM and bring together like-minded organizations.
Rebranding the DSDM Consortium
The DSDM Consortium changed its name from the DSDM Consortium to the Agile Business Consortium (ABC) in October 2016. The 2015 Agile Business Conference in London announced the name and branding changes. The announcement was made to conference delegates, consortium members, and other partners first. It was also distributed as a press release.
Mary Hensen, CEO Agile Business Consortium, was quoted in the press release. She pointed out that:
“Agile was the dominant approach in software and system development a few decades ago and is still being used by many. While businesses are increasingly realizing the advantages of Agile methods, they struggle to implement them, understand their nuances, and ensure strong governance. These challenges were addressed by the Agile Business Consortium. It also created the Agile Business Change Framework. This framework will allow businesses and organizations adopt an Agile approach wherever they are needed.
Hensen says that the evolution of Agile in IT was the result of more 20 years of advocating it. This included, but was not limited to, the introduction of products like Agile Project Management (AgilePM), Agile Program Management and Agile Business Analysis. The update was, among other things, a symbolic representation of what they stood for: agility. Ability to adapt and move quickly in changing circumstances.
A longtime partner of the ABC, and the DSDM Consortium before it, Michael C. Cooch of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), had this to say about the change: “At the heart of many of the most successful businesses is a simple concept – ‘agility’. To maintain competitive advantage, businesses must rethink their operations.
What else has changed besides the name?
The Agile Business Change Framework
ABC’s rebranding efforts coincided as they revealed a preview of their new project: