Managing the Information Systems Project
After studying this chapter, you should be able to:
½ Describe the skills required to be an
effective project manager. ½ List and describe the skills and activities of a project manager during project initiation, project planning, project execution, and project closedown. ½ Explain what is meant by critical path scheduling and describe the process of
creating Gantt charts and Network diagrams. ½ Explain how commercial project management software packages can be used to assist in representing and managing project schedules.
Essentials of Systems Analysis and Design, Fourth Edition, by Joseph S. Valacich, Joey F. George, and Jeffrey A. Hoffer. Published by Prentice Hall. Copyright © 2009 by Pearson Education, Inc.
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In Chapter 1, we introduced the four phases of
the systems development life cycle (SDLC) and explained how an information system project moves through those four phases. In this chapter we focus on the systems analyst’s role as project manager of information systems projects. Throughout the SDLC, the project manager is responsible for initiating, planning, executing, and closing down the systems development project. Figure 3-1 illustrates these four functions. We use two fictional companies in this book—Pine Valley Furniture and Hoosier Burger—to help illustrate key SDLC concepts.
Icons appear in the margins to make references to these companies easy to spot while you read. The next section gives you background on Pine Valley Furniture, a manufacturing company. (We will introduce Hoosier Burger in Chapter 4.) Next we describe the project manager’s role and the project management process. The subsequent section examines techniques for reporting project plans using Gantt charts and Network diagrams. At the end of the chapter, we discuss commercially available project management software that a systems analyst can use in a...