Carter, Louise D. (2001) An investigation into the applicability of the RAD methodology when applied to the development of an information system. Masters thesis, Durham University.
Within any software-related environment many tools, techniques and SDMs (Software Development Methodologies) can be applied to help control the software development lifecycle. The aim of this thesis is to assess the applicability of the RAD (Rapid Application Development) SDM to software development when designing an MIS (Management Information System) for Philips Components Washington. Both positive and negative characteristics of the approach were examined. This thesis provides detailed conclusions on each of the identified characteristics together with more general analysis of the use of SDMs. Research into several SDMs has been carried out in parallel with the development of the MIS, however the RAD SDM was predominantly used throughout the project. This study has been carried out through the analysis of information requirements around the Philips factory with an aim to providing one central system by which all production figures can be collated and reported upon. Prior to this study no standards for the choice of SDM were in place for software design, however previous SDMs used tended to be more traditional and structured in nature. Through this study, additional areas of analysis have been identified in order to further investigate the RAD SDM. Recommendations have also been provided for any future software projects that Philips may undertake with the application of the RAD methodology.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Award:||Master of Science|
|Copyright:||Copyright of this thesis is held by the author|
|Deposited On:||01 Aug 2012 11:42|