This paper will demonstrate that the general project management principles' regarding requirements analysis also hold true for software development projects. According to conventional project management wisdom, sound requirements analysis and scope definition tends to improve quality planning, thereby reducing project cost and duration, increasing project success and improving the quality of the resulting product. This paper will demonstrate that software development projects tend to challenge this time-proven notion. The paper will also demonstrate that the software development industry pays a high price for these practices by suffering longer project schedules, higher costs and producing poorer quality products by rushing requirements definition and analysis. The practice of unwise attempts to shorten software projects takes away from both the successes of the project and the quality of the resulting product. This demonstration will be accomplished by means of a literature review and an informal survey of various members of the software development industry.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer software--Quality control; Computer software--Development

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Department, Program, or Center

Information Sciences and Technologies (GCCIS)


Haake, Anne

Advisor/Committee Member

Niemi, Rayno


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