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The Minimum Acceptable Delivery (MAD) is the smallest amount of usable functionality that you will accept as a working solution and that you can work with. Popular prioritisation techniques, such as MoSCoW, call this feature the minimum usable subset which is a term that describes nothing and means little to most people we work with. It appears the term comes from being forced into an acronym (MUST) to represent the Minimum Usable SubseT.

However, the Minimum Acceptable Delivery is exactly what it says. So, within the Toolkit, we do not have a minimum acceptable development or a minimum acceptable release. It will be a delivery. It will be acceptable to you and include a minimum amount of mandatory functionality. Remove any part of the Minimum Acceptable Delivery and the solution will not work or will not derive the benefits you anticipated. The Minimum Acceptable Delivery is described in terms of products and requirements. You will define the products that are mandatory for Minimum Acceptable Delivery and list the requirements that will be present to fulfil satisfactory delivery. The Minimum Acceptable Delivery is estimated at the start of the project in the Survey phase and is part of your delivery Commitment.

The Minimum Acceptable Delivery is enshrined in the Delivery Commitment and a team member signs up to deliver the Minimum Acceptable Delivery at the end of the Setup phase.

So Minimum Acceptable Delivery it is then, you would be MAD to take anything less.


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