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Principle: Collaborate

This is one of the eight principles of DSDM, supporting its philosophy, and used in its process, roles and responsibilities, and products.

Commonly, people involved in projects (aka stakeholders) are divided into two groups:

In this categorization, each person has a customer nature, or a supplier nature (sometimes both). Most methods insist on the importance of having people from both groups involved in the project, with the right level of collaboration. This type of collaboration is even more important in Agile projects because of their explorations and their adaptive nature. In other words, the project team should have continuous access to the customer to see what they have to do next.

DSDM uses a similar, but different categorization:

So, each person has one (or maybe more than one) of these natures. A DSDM project must have a proper representation of all these three groups, with the right level of collaboration.

This categorization, and the principle, have significantly impacted the roles and responsibilities in DSDM.

Written by Nader K. Rad

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