Rapid application development (RAD): an empirical review

P Beynon-Davies, C Carne, H Mackay, D Tudhope

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Rapid application development (RAD) is an approach to information systems (IS) development which is much discussed in the practitioner literature. However, there is comparatively little research data on this topic. This paper forms a report of the results of a multi-disciplinary research project which has been studying this development approach for the last three years. The paper discusses seven case studies of RAD projects and compares each to issues relating to a number of RAD principles as represented in methodologies such as the recent open standard known as dynamic systems development method. We conclude with a discussion of a number of important questions relating to further research on RAD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-223
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean journal of information systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1999


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