Attributes of Information System Development

June 1977
MIS Quarterly;Jun77, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p31
Academic Journal
Computer-based information systems too often do not satisfactorily meet the information needs of users and are inflexible in accommodating change. Because change is inevitable for any system, a framework for viewing the information system development process which takes this into account is necessary. The concept of decoupling as a framework which seeks to minimize the adverse consequences of change is discussed in this article. This paper draws upon a variety of sources in an effort to integrate much of the current thinking on the information system development process. A general model of the development process is presented to provide increased understanding of the effect that this process has upon the characteristics of the resulting system. The concept of decoupling is introduced as a framework for guiding the development process toward achievement of the system's desired capabilities, while recognizing and planning for the accommodation of change.


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