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Joint Application Development
Last modified: Thursday, February 24, 2005 

Joint Application Development (JAD) is a development methodology system originally used for designing a computer-based system, but can be applied to any development process. It involves continuous interaction with the users and different designers of the system in development. JAD centers around a workshop session that is structured and focused. Participants of these sessions would typically include a facilitator, end users, developers, observers, mediators and experts.  JAD allows for a faster development process and minimizes errors at the same time. JAD also improves the quality of the final product by focusing on the up-front portion of the development lifecycle, thus reducing the likelihood of errors that are expensive to correct later on.

The opposite of JAD is RAD (Rapid Application Development)

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This is a case study that walks through the process of a successful JAD session at a large company. It demonstrates the power of this process, as well as some of the potential pitfalls.

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This on-site Trainers Direct seminar shows examples of a JAD development system.

University of Texas Human Resource Services
This human resources overview provides a FAQ detailing JAD, what is required, and what to expect.

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