EVALUATING OR SELECTING A SUITABLE INFORMATION SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT METHODOLOGY: A CASE STUDY

M.R. De Vries

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ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Information system development methodologies have been applied by numerous organisations since the mid-1980s in an attempt to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of designing and developing new information systems. Despite advances in methodologies, tools and techniques, productivity is still low. High quality products are seldom produced and at high cost. The advantages and disadvantages of using a methodological approach is discussed. The author identifies the key drivers for applying an information system development methodology successfully and provides a method for selecting or evaluating a methodology tailored to an organisations unique set of organisational, cultural and environmental variables. The framework has been applied to Waymark Infotech, a South African information technology organisation.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Ontwikkelingsmetodologievir inligtingstelsels word sedert die middel van die 1980s deur vele organisasies aangewend in hul poging om die effektiwiteit en doeltreffendheid van die ontwikkelingsproses van inligtingstelsels te verbeter. Ten spyte daarvan dat vooruitgang en ontwikkeling plaasgevind het ten opsigte van metodologie hulpmiddels en tegnieke, is produktiwiteit steeds laag. Duur en lae-gehalte inligtingstelselprodukte word gelewer. Die voor- en nadele van n metodologiese benadering word beredeneer. Die outeur identifiseer die kernaspekte nodig vir die suksesvolle aanwending van n ontwikkelingsmedodologie vir inligtingstelsels. n Metode word aangebied aan die hand waarvan n bepaalde metodologie gekies of ontwikkel kan word. Die metode neem verskeie veranderlikes (organisatories, kultureel en omgewingsverwant) in ag.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/15-2-202

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