Is a systems development methodology useful?
The project set out to look at how effective a system development methodology can be, paying particular attention to small systems development. I worked my way through two well-known methodologies in The Structured Systems Analysis and Design Method (SSADM) and The Rational Unified Process (RUP). This allowed me to make a distinction between two different types of systems development with SSADM being a structured approach and RUP being an object-oriented development methodology. My findings were that both methods produced good solutions that solved the problem but they had different ways of getting that solution using different tools and techniques. I looked at other people experiences of using similar methodologies and combined this with my own views to come to the conclusion that, particularly when dealing with small systems, it is not always appropriate to use a whole systems developed methodology and finding a more customisable solution is a better use of time and resources.