An empirical investigation of a general system development model

Timothy Burns, Robb Klashner, Fadi P. Deek

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Abstract

Over the years a multitude of Information Systems development methodologies have emerged. While many of these methodologies have shown promise, prior research has shown that system development is a highly circumstantial process, and that no one methodology will be optimal for every context of every project. Research has also shown that system development practitioners have been using an ad hoc approach to modify formal methodologies in order to create a better fit for their circumstances. This paper presents a more formal approach. A new model is described, based on the principles of general systems theory, which can be used to adapt existing information system development methodologies through the identification of general isomorphic properties. The results are reported from an experiment that was conducted to measure the model in terms of developer satisfaction with the finished product, the development process, and the problem solving process. Also, the results of an evaluation by expert judges on finished products created using the model are shown. These results show that there is promise in the new model and that more research needs to be conducted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAssociation for Information Systems - 12th Americas Conference On Information Systems, AMCIS 2006
Pages3838-3848
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event12th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2006 - Acapulco, Mexico
Duration: Aug 4 2006Aug 6 2006

Publication series

NameAssociation for Information Systems - 12th Americas Conference On Information Systems, AMCIS 2006
Volume6

Other

Other12th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2006
Country/TerritoryMexico
CityAcapulco
Period8/4/068/6/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Information Systems

Keywords

  • Information system development methodologies
  • Information systems development
  • Software engineering

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