Chapter 3 Bec Case Study Answers Essay

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Assignment #3 – Marked by Quiz 3 Feb. 16, 2005

Reading: Chapter 3

Assigned Questions from Text: BEC Case Study pp 113-117

Answer all of the questions about BEC:

Broadway Entertainment Co., Inc. Case Questions

1. The System Service Request (SSR) submitted by Carrie Douglass (BEC Figure 3-2) has not been reviewed by Professor Tann. If you were Professor Tann, would you ask for any changes to the request as submitted? If so, what changes, and if no changes, why? Remember, an SSR is a call for a preliminary study, not a thorough problem statement.

I would not ask for any changes, because the SSR describes the problem that Carrie would like to solve and describes the system that she envisions that will solve the
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The application is new, so neither IS staff nor users are familiar with the application. The project initiator is also inexperienced. Overall this is a low to moderate risk project. As a member of the student team, they might have risks associated with technical feasibility if they are not familiar with analysis techniques and Web-based technologies. Carrie is taking a risk by having a group of students conduct the analysis that will eventually support her request to BEC to build the new system, because the students are inexperienced with the systems analysis and design process.

6. If you were assigned to a team of students responsible for this project, how would you utilize the concept of incremental commitment in the design of the Baseline Project Plan?

I would schedule formal review points after each phase of the project to ensure that the requirements are being met before allocating any more resources to the project. I would provide status reports to Carrie asking for feedback, and I would consider using prototyping at least during systems design.

7. If you were assigned to a team of students responsible for this project, when in the project schedule (in what phase or after which activities are completed) do you think you could develop an economic analysis of the proposed system? What economic feasibility factors do you think would be relevant?

A preliminary economic analysis could be done after defining the
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