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Formalised systems development methodologies: a critical perspective

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dc.contributor.author Fitzgerald, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-28T13:46:03Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-28T13:46:03Z
dc.date.issued 1996
dc.identifier.citation Fitzgerald, B. (1996) Formalised Systems Development Methodologies: A Critical Perspective, The Information Systems Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 3-23. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/104
dc.description Peer-reviewed
dc.description.abstract Systems development issues occupy a position of central importance in the information systems field and, indeed, much has been prescribed in the quest for successful systems development. However, given the well-documented "software crisis", success is far from guaranteed for systems development projects. Many researchers see the solution to the software crisis in terms of increased control and the more widespread adoption of rigorous and formalised system development methodologies. This paper first presents some arguments and pressures which support the use of methodologies. Some evidence of the literature bias which favours methodologies is also provided. However, the problems associated with the use of methodologies have not perhaps received as much attention in previous research. This paper identifies a number of arguments and pressures which question the value of methodologies, and reports the results of a field study which investigated the role of methodologies in practice. The critical perspective adopted in this paper shows that, contrary to the predominant literature view, the assumption that increased adoption of methodologies would help address the problems inherent in systems development is by no means proven. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher Blackwell Publishing en
dc.relation.ispartofseries The Information Systems Journal;Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 3-23
dc.subject information systems en
dc.subject systems development en
dc.subject software development en
dc.subject methodologies en
dc.title Formalised systems development methodologies: a critical perspective en
dc.type Article en
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.identifier.local 09SE2079
dc.internal.authorcontactother brian.fitzgerald@ul.ie


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