Systems Analysis and Design

This week, the Discussion session contains two (2) separate parts that must be answered:
1. The Systems Planning Phase
You are in the systems planning phase of the project plan, and you will need to identify the following:
1. What constitutes task items that must be on the critical path (what would be the criteria for critical path tasks)?
2. What two (2) tools and techniques would you put in place for monitoring and controlling the tasks identified in the plan? (Describe them in detail and explain your reasoning as to why you would use these tools and techniques).
3. What would be some of the characteristics within the software you would use for managing this project (project management software)?
4. Explain why the following components are important for an effective risk management plan: project scope, stakeholders, budget, categories of risk, and risk mitigation techniques.
2. Managing the Risk of “The Status Quo”
Take the time to read this May 2013 article, by Adam Hartung, “CIOs must manage the risk of the status quo”.
Managing the Risk of “Status Quo”
(The site may require you to register in order to review the article. The material on this site is pretty good, so it might be worth your effort. Plus, it’s free.)
Do you think scenario planning is a valid way to manage status quo? Describe an example as to how status quo can increase risk for a business.

Link to article: http://www.cio.com.au/article/460859/cios_must_manage_risk_status_quo/
Actions for Weekly Discussions
Class participation will be assessed as indicated below.
Responded to discussion topic (by Thursday midnight) and two classmates’ postings (by Sunday midnight); postings and questions posed are relevant to the discussion topic, well supported with outside research or assigned readings as appropriate, add value to the discussion, and demonstrate student’s understanding of concepts. 2.0 (A)
Responded to discussion topic (by Thursday midnight) and to two classmates’ postings (by the end of the class week) postings and questions posed are relevant to the discussion topic, supported with outside research or assigned readings as appropriate, add value to the discussion, and demonstrate student’s understanding of concepts but may lack depth, completeness, or relevant research 1.6 (B)
Responded to discussion topic (by Thursday midnight) and one or two responses to classmates’ postings; postings meet minimum requirements but lack sufficient depth or supporting research. 1.4 (C)
Late response to discussion topic, and 1 or 2 responses to classmates’ postings (by the end of the class week); and/or lack of sufficient depth, supporting research, demonstration of understanding of concepts. 1.2 (D)
No response 0 (F)

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