CIS 251 - System Development Methods
Review for First Test
The following questions are provided to help you study for
the first test. Do not expect to see these exact questions on the test.
- How does the text define systems analysis?
- What is Moore's Law? How does it affect some of your
decisions in system design?
- What should be included in a business profile?
- What is an enterprise application? Explain how this is
different from an application that supports enterprise computing.
- The text discusses four kinds of modeling in chapter 1.
Name the four things that it says you should consider modeling.
- The text listed five classic phases of a System Development
Life Cycle. Name them.
- A classic recommendation in system development is to start
with your reporting requirements. What does this approach lead you to
- What does the word iteration mean with respect to system
- When writing system documentation, or any other business
communication, you should always start with Kipling's six honest
serving men. List them, and state a meaning that each may have when
- When talking to people, one on one or in groups, how can
you determine whether they are understanding your message?
- Since the text brings it up, why is it better to admit you
don't know something than to make up an answer? If this is not obvious
to you, what are the possible repercussions when people find out your
answer was wrong or harmful?
- What does the acronym SWOT stand for?
- What reasons would cause you to write a business case? What
should a business case include?
- IT projects were once done only by the IT department. What
other groups are commonly included in planning such projects now?
- How could an IT project reduce a company's productivity?
- What is ROI and why is it important in a business case?
- The text mentions that some projects are done to provide
stronger controls. What is it talking about?
- What kind of system project is more likely to be started in
bad economic times? How about in good times?
- What is the purpose of a system review committee?
- The text lists four kinds of feasibility. What are they?
Devise a scenario for each that would cause a prudent analyst to reject
- What does a Pareto chart look like? What does it tell you?
What should it help you decide?
- What are two ways that an XY chart might appear? What does
the word "correlation" have to do with an XY chart?
- Explain why choosing to focus on project's speed to
completion, quality of work, or low cost will have a negative effect on
the feature or features you do not focus on.
- Assume you have a short project with five tasks. Sketch a
Gantt chart that might be made for it. Explain what the bars mean, what
the x and y axis stand for, and what would be indicated by two colors
on each bar.
- What is another kind of chart that serves that same purpose
as a PERT chart?
- Why does the text say that PERT charts are made with a
bottom up technique?
- Which kind of chart shows tasks on separate horizontal
lines? What does this mean? How is the same concept shown on chart that
shows some tasks on the same horizontal line?
- What are two definitions of a critical path in a series of
tasks? How is a critical path shown in a chart?
- What kind of chart shows how often problems of several
- What is the reason that a project manager monitors a
project? What are two mechanisms the text proposes the project manager