Selecting a Systems Development Methodology: A Contingency Framework

Selecting a Systems Development Methodology: A Contingency Framework

Mohamed El Louadi (University of Pittsburgh, USA), Yannis A. Pollalis (University of Pittsburgh, USA) and James T.C. Teng (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
Copyright: © 1991 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.1991010102
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Abstract

Uncertainty and complexity are inherent characteristics of a new information system. They occur at the beginning of the project and with different intensities during development depending on the system’s type. Based on a review of the literature, it is argued that uncertainty and complexity can be used to derive the most suitable development strategy for a given project. A framework integrating system types and their corresponding development strategies is offered and justifications supplied. General guidelines concerning the application of the framework are provided for the practicing managers.

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