Journal of Management Information Systems

Volume 2 Number 1 1985 pp. 61-76

A Dynamic Systems Development Life-Cycle Approach: A Project Management Information System

Snyder, Charles A and Cox, James F

ABSTRACT: Numerous firms experience rapid changes in information needs in today's dynamic business environments. Many of the traditional systems development life-cycle (SDLC) approaches to systems design do not provide for incorporating changes to proposed designs during development of the information system. The sequential approach taken with these traditional life-cycle methodologies can lead to the failure of the information system in a volatile situation. This paper examines past SDLC approaches, proposes an approach which incorporates flexibility into the design process and provides an example illustrating the application of the proposed methodology.

Key words and phrases: information systems analysis, MIS design, dynamic organizational environment, MIS project, system development life cycle