Systems Development and Project Management

Systems Development and Project Management

Systems development is an essential corporate asset. As the organization’s plans on how to achieve their long-term goals, they need to consider system development as a crucial aspect that supports the operations initiatives. Also, the organizations need to respond to the opportunities through integrating project management concepts and systems that help in the identification of possible opportunities (Youker, 1977).  For example, the organization may develop specific projects that need to be carried out with urgency to enhance interaction of the customers with new information systems for improved outcomes.  This paper focuses on exploring how the World Bank integrates the dynamic system development methodology which helps in project management across the globe.

The World Bank uses the dynamic system development methodology as it provides a conceptual framework essential for undertaking engineering projects across the globe. The World Bank integrated the Dynamic systems Development in the year 2000s and this alternative system development evolved to support the application of the development practices within the organization.  The DSD supports the documentation and training of agile software development techniques that are essential as they enhance the active involvement of many users thus creating efficiency in the management of the projects (Highsmith & Cockburn, 2001).  During the integration of DSD, the World Bank considers factors such as competition with other organizations such as international monetary fund (IMF).  The word bank and the IMF performs almost similar functions when it comes to projects developed in different globally.  Therefore, there is a need to integrate the Dynamic System Development as an essential tool of empowering the authority and the team that makes crucial decisions for the organization. Also, the Dynamic System Development integrates the concepts of the agile principle of system development which helps in minimizing the risks associated with inappropriate planning, inappropriate documentation, coding, and testing of the projects.  The inclusion of agile principles for the Dynamic System Development emphasizes real-time communication within the World Bank enhancing management of projects within different locations.

The Dynamic System Development is based on the principle of integrated testing throughout the project cycles, cooperation and collaboration of different stakeholders of the project and providing reversible changes at different stages of project development.   The agile framework enhances determination of the iterative approaches for the Dynamic System Development which helps the World Bank to adhere to strict guidelines that are set for different projects.  With Dynamic System Development, the World Bank can prioritize on the developing of projects quickly and delivering the anticipated results of the projects in real-time (Zanoni & Audy, 2004).  Also, the Dynamic System Development helps in breaking down the bureaucracy as well as improving the process of communication across the cross-functional teams undertaking different projects for the World Bank.  In my thinking, I believe that integration of Dynamic System Development as a concept of agile systems development is the right approach for the word bank as the organization relies on real-time information and management of cross-functional teams across the globe. Also, I believe that the principles of Dynamic System Development which includes active involvement,  integrated resting at all stages of projects and cooperation and collaboration with stakeholders can help the organization to manage their projects across different parts of the globe effectively.   The organization can use this alternative system development as a crucial criterion of achieving deliverables for different projects as well as maintaining the baseline standards of all the projects.




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