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be used to obtain a commitment for Detailed Design Stage. IT Audit Manual Volume III 77 IT Audit Manual
SD.1 Check whether the organization has adopted any system development methodology and
framework to ensure that a process is in place that appropriately addresses all system
design issues (i.e. input, processing, output, internal controls, security, disaster
recovery, response time, reporting, change control etc.)
SD.2 Check whether a Systems Specifications document has been prepared and released?
Verify that it contains at least the following specifications/features:
system objectives and scope
general system concept and design considerations
chart showing function structure in terms of processes
logical data flow diagram showing flow among processes and data stores at the
data element level
Process descriptions, including complete and detailed definitions of processes for
all business cases involved.
Appropriate audit trails and controls are built into the system
Specifies volumes, timings, highs and lows, and quality specified for inputs,
outputs, and data stores
Service levels: Complete description of performance requirements. This will be
used in later stages to confirm the technical feasibility and resources requirement
of the system
SD.3 Check that the accuracy and completeness of system specifications has been
acknowledged by the appropriate level of user and by Data Processing management.
SD.4 Ensure that the System Specifications document been reviewed by the Steering
Committee/Sign off Authorities? Have they signified acceptance of the need to
continue the project? Note any conditional acceptance for follow-up in later stages.
SD.5 Ensure that the data dictionary/ directory has been prepared or updated to contain the
SD.6 Ensure that the skills of the staff being employed on the project (as Team Members or
Steering Committee/Sign off Authority members) continue to meet the requirements
envisaged in the Project Initiation report or Feasibility Report.
SD.7 Has a General Design Stage Status document been prepared and released? Verify that
it contains at l...
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