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Practicing the first three Rapid JAD principles–Capture Now, Document Once, Visible to All–creates artifacts of all sorts such as requirements statements, definitions of done, process flow diagrams, wireframes, system state diagrams, technical specifications, and myriad other documents, diagrams, charts, pictures, lists, and tables as may be required.

And they will all need to be revised. Quickly.

The fourth Rapid JAD principle–Revise Quickly–accelerates learning and helps to build consensus and shared understanding.

Be prepared to modify artifacts based on the discovery of new information, feedback from others, or your own deepening understanding.

Whenever possible, plan to modify artifacts during JAD sessions. This real-time revision evidences a dedication to attentive listening and capturing new learning. If the occasion allows you to display the process on screen, making it visible to all, you can be more confident of gaining consensus agreement or creating a shared vision before the session is over.

Yet even such artifacts may continue to be living documents for some time, subject to frequent, if minor, revision.

Figure 1, below, illustrates a smoothed learning curve over time.

Figure 1. Typical Learning Curve
Figure 1. Typical Learning Curve

Learning is rarely this predictable, and is more typically incremental, with chunked learning interspersed with periods of consolidation (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Incremental Learning
Figure 2. Incremental Learning

Learning in the Rapid JAD model incorporates frequent feedback followed by quick revision and deepened learning.

Figure 3. Feedback Loop
Figure 3. Feedback Loop

Revised frequently, often in real time, and made visible to all, discovery can be a shared experience, consensus grows, understanding is firmed, and the learning cycle can be accelerated.

Revise quickly.

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