Systems Development/Project Management and Outsourcing

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The purpose of this assignment is engage in a discussion regarding Systems Development, Project Management, and Outsourcing. The seven phases of the systems development life cycle will be described. Relationships between the systems development life cycle and software development methodologies will be detailed. The phases in the SDLC, including activities associated with planning, analysis, design, development, testing, implementation, and maintenance, will be reviewed. The characteristics of a well-defined project plan will be listed and described. Project manager strategies, specifically those that can be used to ensure a successful project, will be summarized. Lastly, three primary outsourcing options will be identified with the advantages and disadvantages of each explained.   Business Driven Information Systems, Chapters 11 & 12 Questions Systems Development/Project Management and Outsourcing

The Seven Phases of the Systems Development Life Cycle, and Associated Activities

The Systems Development Life Cycle (SLC) is a methodology used to describe the process for building information systems, intended to develop information systems in a very deliberate, structured and methodical way, reiterating each stage of the life cycle. The SDLC process is used by systems analysts to develop information systems, including requirements, validation, training, and user ownership. According to Elliott & Strachan & Radford (2004), the SDLC "originated in the 1960s,to develop large scale functional business systems in an age of large scale business conglomerates. Information systems activities revolved around heavy data processing and number crunching routines". Systems Development Life Cycles can be broken down into seven phases. Phase One is the Planning Phase. The planning phase establishes a high-level view of the intended project and determines its goals. Phase Two is the Analysis Phase. The analysis phase defines project goals into defined...
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