An Empirical Evaluation of System Development Methodologies

An Empirical Evaluation of System Development Methodologies

Prashant Palvia (Memphis State University, USA) and John T. Nosek (Temple University, USA)
Copyright: © 1990 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.1990070103
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Abstract

Many methodologies and techniques may be used in the development of information systems. Two widely used methodologies are: system development life cycle, and prototyping. In this article, we have extensively evaluated the two methodologies based on field data collected from information systems professionals in business and industry. Specifically, the two methodologies are evaluated for their applicability during various life cycle phases, by types of systems, and by the amount of problem structure. Various attributes associated with the methodologies have also been assessed. Our results support the use of a contingency approach for the selection of a proper methodology for systems development.

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