Joint Development Application (JAD), is a common technique in business analysis. Joint Development Application (JAD) is a common technique in business analysis. It brings together system developers and users in a productive and creative atmosphere that includes discussion groups with the goal of obtaining requirements and specifications. JAD sessions allow clients to have complete autonomy in project development. Clients can also participate in the application’s development through a series workshops. JAD sessions are required for technical input from business personnel. JAD is also required when technical expertise requires business input. JAD sessions are a great way to bring together business and technical teams to work together on critical issues. Project Management Frameworks and Methodologies
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Chuck Morris, IBM Raleigh, and Tony Crawford, IBM Toronto, developed Joint Development Application in late 1970s to improve client satisfaction. It has been used in numerous software projects, mainly small- to medium-sized, across all industry sectors. Participants in the JAD
The JAD team is the core of any JAD implementation. Also, you need to carefully select and include your stakeholders as they will be responsible for the overall success of a JAD session.Here are key roles you need to involve to keep your JAD session on the right track:Executive sponsorThis person is usually the manager of the business area who comes from the customer’s company and has the full freedom to make critical decisions concerning the project.Although they don’t have to actively participate in all steps of the project, they need to be available throughout the process and solve important issues as they arise.FacilitatorThis is the most important person in the process as they are responsible for planning, executing, and managing the session. Facilitators should have the knowledge and experience to lead the project. They should also be able to work with executive sponsors to achieve the desired goals. The facilitator should be able: Focus on the process
Be objective and neutral
Facilitate groups and keep the sessions on track
Stop sideline conversations
StakeholderA stakeholder represents the core of the entire process. JAD sessions would be meaningless without their participation. They represent all key user groups that are affected by the project’s development and multiple levels within the organization. JAD sessions allow stakeholders to be involved in the project development process. A JAD session might have more scribes because there are often many ideas and suggestions. A Scribe must: Capture the key decisions, who made them and why
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