Distributed Application Development (or DAD)
an initiative of the Office of Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UC San Diego


DAD Development Model

Each application developed for academic affairs use will be guided by a structure of groups that will insure project oversight and accountability and still allow for rapid and agile application development. These committees and groups will consist of:

Advisory Committee

This is a small group of resource decision makers for an academic affairs application whose purpose is to make reccomendations on projects and applications to be developed. These people are also responsible for properly resourcing the project as outlined in the MOU.

Stakeholder Advisory groups

These groups are made up of key stakeholders that act as subject matter experts for the given needs of a project. They provide specifications through user stories, help give input as to priority of project requirements, and assist with testing of the application. These members can also act as the subject matter experts for their department/division during the implementation phase of a project.

Developer group

This group is made up of the applications developers for a given project and interfaces with the stakeholder advisory group to understand project needs and outcomes. They also work closely with stakeholders under the oversight of the steering committee throughout the project development cycle.

DAD Goals

To produce tools that enhance the productive efficiency and quality of work that gets done in Academic Affairs. These tools are definable, measurable, collaborative and sustainable and delivered as planned. Reliability and transparency are goals of DAD; we want to build trust and confidence to meet stakeholders' stated goals with relevant, consistent product that is delivered in a timely manner.

It is a DAD goal to create tools that are meaningful and collaborative as appropriate. These tools should be founded in the strategic plan with all projects tying back to strategic plan/vision. It is a goal that all products have the ability to interface with existing and future projects. We will have periodic review of applications in portfolio and of the portfolio as a whole.

Guiding Principals

Applications created within the group of participating DAD members shall be considered for applicability to the academic community. Recommendations regarding architectural decisions for such applications shall be made in the context of use for all of academic affairs by the DAD Advisory Committee.

DAD projects must have agreed upon resource requirements and deliverables.

Distributed applications development shall follow MOU documents as drawn up and agreed upon by the EVC, Business, and Technical representatives.