Business Analysis SDLC model

STEP 1: Review background information

Review the case study on Acme Medical Data Storage LLC, given in the Scenario/Summary section above, paying careful attention to the characteristics of the company and its IS projects.

NOTE: This is an individual, not a team, iLab.

In your review, make notes specifying how you would rate the following characteristics of the company and project. These notes will not be turned in, but you will use them in conducting your analysis in Step 2 and preparing your memo in Step 3.

  1. Is the project technology extremely stable, moderately stable, or experimental?
  2. At the start of the project, are the project requirements well known, partially known, or mostly unknown (i.e., experimental)?
  3. Is the project domain heavily regulated, moderately regulated, or lightly regulated by government or other outside agencies?
  4. Is the size of the organization large, mid-sized, or small?
  5. Is the organizational culture bureaucratic, mixed, or entrepreneurial?
  6. Is the organization’s competitive environment slow-paced, moderately paced, or fast-paced?

STEP 2: Analyze SDLC suitability

Based on the information given in the case study, analyze the suitability of a specific Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) model for Acme Medical Data Storage LLC:

  • If the last digit of your DSI Number is 0, 1, 2, or 3, use the Waterfall SDLC;

In your analysis, examine your notes from your review of the project and organizational characteristics from Step 1, and make additional notes on the following points. These notes will not be turned in, but you will use them in preparing your memo in Step 3.

  1. Is the project technology a good or a poor fit for this SDLC model? (Recall from your reading that good fits are stable technology and waterfall; moderately stable technology and UP; and experimental technology and agile.)
  2. Is the knowledge of project requirements a good or a poor fit for this SDLC model? (Recall from your reading that well-known requirements are a good fit for waterfall; partially known requirements are a good fit for UP; and mostly unknown requirements are a good fit for agile.)
  3. Is the degree of regulation of the project domain a good or a poor fit for this SDLC model? (Heavy regulation is a good fit for waterfall; moderate regulation, for UP; and light regulation for agile.)
  4. Is the size of the organization a good or a poor fit for this SDLC model? (Good fits, generally, are large organizations and waterfall; mid size organizations and UP; and small organizations and agile.)
  5. Is the organizational culture a good or a poor fit for this SDLC model? (Good fits are bureaucratic organizations and waterfall; mixed organizations and UP; and entrepreneurial organizations and agile.)
  6. Is the organization’s competitive environment a good or a poor fit for this SDLC model? (Good fits are slow-paced and waterfall; moderately paced and UP; and fast-paced and agile).

STEP 3: Write memo to Bill

rite a one-to-two page memo to CIO, Bill Doors, by doing the following steps.

  1. Download the BIS261_W1_iLab_Template.docx template file from the iLab Files folder in Doc Sharing.
  2. In the memo header, enter your name in the From field; enter the current date in the Datefield.
  3. In the Introduction section, fill in the SDLC model that you are writing about in the blank (waterfall, Unified Process, or agile).
  4. In the Description of the SDLC Model section, briefly describe the SDLC model that you are writing about in the memo. Refer to any reading assignment in the textbook and to the Lecture for information about this SDLC model, then describe it in your own words; don’t copy the description word for word from the textbook, the Lecture, or another source.
  5. In the Pros for this SDLC Model section, list and briefly explain the factors that are favorable toward Acme adopting this SDLC model. These should be chosen from the factors that you identified as good fits for the SDLC model in your analysis in Step 2. You should write about at least one, but no more than three, favorable factors. If you identified more than three factors as good fits for the SDLC model, choose what you believe are the three most important ones to include in your memo.
  6. In the Cons for this SDLC Model section, list and briefly explain the factors that are unfavorable toward Acme adopting this SDLC model. They should be chosen from the factors that you identified as poor fits for the SDLC model in your analysis in Step 2. You should write about at least one, but no more than three, unfavorable factors. If you identified more than three factors as poor fits for the SDLC model, choose what you believe are the three most important ones to include in your memo.

In your explanation of the favorable and unfavorable factors, refer to specific characteristics of Acme’s organization and its projects that impact the SDLC model. You must make your analysis specific to Acme and its projects. Do not just write about the pros and cons of your SDLC model in general!

Be sure to cite any sources that you use, using the citation style given in the Syllabus.