Ch 8: Systems Development

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about systems development methods, tools, interfaces, processes and more. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Systems Development - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Information systems are the backbone of many businesses and organizations. In order to get an information system in place that works and functions, you must start with systems development. With the complex systems we have today, systems development is not something that is handled by a couple guys with IT degrees. It's a huge project that is undertaken by a group of trained individuals, and it requires some serious computer and development skills.

As you will learn in our video lessons, there are eight steps to systems development. The development process is usually guided by a life cycle, which you will explore in more detail. You'll get to see the methods of development, types of tools used and the different software development life cycle phases.

Project management and systems development often go hand-in-hand. We have a lesson on the project management tools that are used in systems development. There's also a lesson on the project roles played in systems development.

Check out our lesson that covers the development of a graphical user interface, also known as a GUI. You can learn about the logic and process of user interface design. Also catch our lesson covering application development processes. This lesson provides a discussion of internal and external approached to speed application development.

Want to learn all about systems development? Start watching now!

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: Systems Development
Systems Development Methods and Tools

1. Systems Development Methods and Tools

System development is the process of defining, designing, testing and implementing a software application. Learn about the phases of systems development and some of the specific tools used to support the activities of each phase in this video lesson.

Systems Development Life Cycles: Software Development Process

2. Systems Development Life Cycles: Software Development Process

There are a number of models of software development, each with a somewhat different approach to implementing the various phases of the systems development life cycle. Learn about these models in this video lesson.

Developing a Graphical User Interface (GUI)

3. Developing a Graphical User Interface (GUI)

A computer system needs a user interface. Graphical user interfaces have become very popular due to their ease of use. Learn about the elements of user interfaces and how interfaces are developed to improve the usability of software applications.

Application Development Processes: Internal & External

4. Application Development Processes: Internal & External

Sourcing indicates who is responsible for system development. There are different types of sourcing, which vary in their use of internal and external resources. Outsourcing in particular has become popular for system development.

Project Roles in Systems Development in Organizations

5. Project Roles in Systems Development in Organizations

A development team is responsible for delivering a system that meets the original objectives. A development team typically includes users, managers, system analysts, programmers, technical specialists and other stakeholders.

Project Management Tools for Systems Development

6. Project Management Tools for Systems Development

Project management consists of planning, scheduling, directing and controlling resources for a defined task. Learn about specific tools for project management, such as Gantt charts, the Critical Path Method and the Program Evaluation and Review Technique.

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