ECS_Milestone 2 Problem Analysis Description

ECS_Milestone 2 Problem Analysis Description - CIS 321 Case...

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CIS 321 Case Study ‘Equipment Check-Out System’ MILESTONE 2– PROBLEM ANALYSIS ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Synopsis There’s an old saying that suggests, “Don't try to fix it unless you understand it.” With those words of wisdom, the next milestone of our project is to study and analyze the existing system. There is always an existing business system, regardless of whether it currently uses a computer. The problem analysis phase provides the project team with a more thorough understanding of the problems, opportunities, and/or directives that triggered the project. Indeed, the analyst frequently uncovers new problems and opportunities. The problem analysis phase may answer the questions, “Are the problems worth solving?'' and “Is a new system worth building?'' The purpose of the problem analysis phase is threefold. First and foremost, the project team must gain an appropriate understanding of the business problem domain. Second, we need to answer the question, “Are these problems (opportunities and directives) worth solving”? Finally, we need to determine if the system is worth developing. The problem analysis phase provides the systems analyst and project team with a more thorough understanding of the problems, opportunities, and/or directives that triggered the project. In the process, they frequently uncover new problems and opportunities. In this milestone you will perform Cause-Effect Analysis on the Equipment Check-Out System (ECS) and document your findings using the Problems, Opportunities, Objectives, and Constraints Matrix. The PIECES framework, originally developed by James Wetherbe and then adapted by the authors, can serve as a useful tool to classify the various problems, opportunities, and directives identified in Milestone 1. Objectives After completing this milestone, you should be able to: Complete the Problems, Opportunities, Objectives, and Constraints Matrix. Complete the List of Business Activities based on Requirement analysis. Prerequisites Before starting this milestone, the following topics should be covered: • The problem analysis phase — Chapters 3 and 5 • PIECES framework — Chapters 3 and 5 • Problem analysis techniques — Chapter 6 • Milestone 1 Solution Assignment
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CIS 321 Case Study ‘Equipment Check-Out System’ Now that we have completed the preliminary investigation of the system and gained approval to proceed, we can attempt to gain a better understanding of the current system. In this assignment we will use our results of Milestone 1, plus the Case background information and the user interview, in order to perform cause-effect analysis. The results of this activity will provide us a better understanding of the problems, opportunities, and constraints of the current system. Activities
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