Information Systems
College of Business Administration
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Information Systems Analysis
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I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. -Albert Einstein
Remember to check the Analysis Links Page for more information on specific topics, and MyGateway for assignments.

A sample project paper and the associated presentation are also available for reference.


. Access the Hub for Visio


. Exam 1 is now available.


. Creativity
Creativity
What’s Blocking Corporate Creativity?


. Data Dictionaries
.Data Dictionary
.More samples    (3/2/17)


. You should be reviewing Chapters 1 and 2 from The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design, a book which you downloaded.


. Data Flow Diagrams
. Introduction to Data Flow Diagram (DFD)
. VIDEO: Drawing a Context Diagram
. VIDEO: Tools of Analysis (part 6 of 8) - Process & Data (DFD / Data Flow Diagram)
. Data Flow Diagram (DFD) Example (Context and Level 0 Diagrams)
. Data Flow Diagram (DFD) Example (Level 4 Explosion)
. An example
. VIDEO: Connect your Data to the Diagram
. Introduction to Data Flow Diagrams
    (3/1/17)


. Standish view of Methodologies
. Standish view of Best Practices for SAD
Responsibility sharing between sophisticated users and professionals in structured prototyplng
Hacking Your Brain


clients do not know what they want


. Methodologies
. 12 steps to keep consultants and consultations on track
. Overview of Methodologies
. The Life Cycle
. Secondary Research
. Argument FOR Methodologies
. An overview of Human Centered Design
. What is Human centered Design
. What is Human Centered Design
. Methods
. Mindsets
. Usability testing
. Stop Being So Agile
. A Comparison of Methodologies (humor)
. Change Management
. Scope Creep Blues
. Improving Analytics Capabilities Through Crowdsourcing
. The Larger System
. We Have a Problem
. 11 Tips to Develop Your User Empathy Journey Map
. IDE-O's Process as summarized in the Insights for Inovation
       .Observing: “Listen with your eyes" and discover what people really care about.
       .Learning from Extremes: Stretch your thinking beyond assumptions and get to bolder ideas.
       .Interviewing: Conduct interviews to get deeper, more honest responses.
       .Immersive Empathy: Learn what it means to “walk in someone else’s shoes.”
       .Sharing Insights: Craft compelling insights that will inspire innovation.
systems analyst freezing the system requirements


. The TEAMS

Team A
Kyle Hopfer
Andrew Mueller
Omar Salih
Theresa Zinngrabe
 
Team B
Dominic Lafata
Patricia Maya
Carl Meador
James Ndunqu
Alexandria Pierce
 
Team C
Hamad Alquait
Tetiana Arkharova
Ashley Moss
Marc Wanninger
Gregory Williams
 
Team D

Chelsea Coats
Joseph Koch
Justin Ottes
Brenden Sandifer
Denee Wells

Team E
Faisal Alotaibi
Andrew Miller
Ben Olson
Gregory Sandifer
TJ Sorrow Jr
Elizabeth Timm

 
Team F

Anthony Born
Ivana Grubesic
Isaac Helton
Johnson Nguyen
Justin Oates

 
Team G

Mohammad Al-Jamaan
Leah Kinnamon
Robert Kroupa
Amanda Spacaj-Gorham

 
Team H

Nicole Gaehle
Joseph Gebken
Ashley Hoskins
Christopher Niehaus

 


. A presentation about LinkedIn


. The presentation from my former student.


. International Issues in Analysis: Culture vs Analysis (2/13/17)


. How Writing To-Do Lists Helps Your Brain (Whether Or Not You Finish Them)


. On Monday, February 20 during class, you will begin working on the Group Forming Assignment; the assignment is due on Saturday, February 25 at 5 pm. The resumes that you will consider are located at http://www.umsl.edu/~sauterv/analysis/resumes.html. I recommend you look them over because you will be working in your groups for part of the class to put people into groups.

Your goal is to create a set of good systems analysis teams. They must be similar in capability across teams, and have sufficient diversity of skills within teams to expect that all will be successful. In addition, you must provide a justification for why you created the teams the way you did. This justification must reflect the systems analysis needs discussed in the text and in class as well as your experience in working in teams.

The grading of the assignment will reflect your ability to operationalize the systems analysis team needs by creating groups of approximately equal capability of success and to justify the approach that you took in creating those teams. (I will use the results of this assignment to form the actual teams for the projects.) Each group will provide a team assignment sheet (on which every resume is assigned to exactly one group), plus up to three pages of justification.

There will be five areas of grading.
1. What criteria were chosen and their relative importance (with justification).

2. What criteria were not chosen and why.

3. How were criteria operationalized? (How did they decide who was high/low on various categories.)

4. Why did they decide on the size of groups?

5. Did their efforts reflect the procedures they justified in items 1-4?

Possible Point Distribution
Area 1. 35 points
Area 2. 10 points
Area 3. 20 points
Area 4. 20 points
Area 5. 15 points

The teams for this assignment are:

Team A

Faisal Alotaibi
Patricia Maya
Justin Ottes
Alexandria Pierce
Gregory Sandifer
Team B

Anthony Born
Chelsea Coats
Leah Kinnamon
Johnson Nguyen
Omar Salih
 

Team C

Isaac Helton
Ben Olson
Brenden Sandifer
Marc Wanninger
Theresa Zinngrabe
 

Team D

Mohammad Al-Jamaan
Joseph Gebken
Carl Meador
Gregory Sandifer
Elizabeth Timm
 

Team E

Kyle Hopfer
Ashley Hoskins
James Ndunqu
Johnson Nquyen
Justin Oates
 

Team F

Joseph Koch
Robert Kroupa
Andrew Miller
Ashley Moss
Christopher Niehaus
 

Team G

Tetiana Arkharova
Nicole Gaehle
Dominic Lafata
Amanda Spacaj-Gorham
Denee Wells
 

Team H

Ivana Grubesic
Andrew Mueller
TJ Sorrow Jr
Gregory Williams
 



. Information
. Measures of the value of information
. alternate syllabus (an example of data, not information)
. Information Comparison (View pdf version)
. Building Blocks of IS
. How not to be ignorant about the world
(//17)


. The law of unintended consequences

We can only blame ourselves for all the crime and violence today.  We removed all the phone booths and now Superman has no where to change!


. Creativity
. What's the Point of Creativity?
. The Stairs Problem
. Coolest Staircases
. The One Thing You Need to Generate Great Ideas
. Defining Creativity and Innovation
. Science of Brainstorming
(1/23/17)


. Why a Business Rules Engine is Essential for Child Welfare Programs


. Systems and Systems Thinking
. Definition of a System
. Systems Development Life Cycle
. A system definition courtesy of the Pentagon. This is the actual image used by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the leader of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, to portray the complexity of American military strategy.
. Systems and Their Environments: A transportation example
. In a World of Systems
. IBM’s Design-Centered Strategy to Set Free the Squares
. What do we need to Know about Systems

. What is systems thinking?
. Systems Thinking: What is it and how does one do it?
. Systems Thinking Skills
. Systems Thinking
. Essentials of Systems Thinking
. More on Systems Thinking
. Whole Systems Thinking
      10xE Principles
. DARE to innovate
. Systems Literacy Videos

. Dr. Ackoff talk about his views of thinking, check out his YouTube video, Exploring Systems Thinking. See Part 2 and Part 3
. More from Russell Ackoff

. Don Norman: The three ways that good design makes you happy
. Enabling a Better Tomorrow: A Systemic Perspective
. Stakeholder Analysis
. Introduction to Systems Thinking
(1/17/17)


. Later in the semester, you will need to create a webpage. If you need a refresher, you can go to the HTML links noted on the syllabus, or to a video.


. The Standish Reports
. Standish Group Report: Chaos
. The Big Boom
. 2013 Study Results
. Resolution of Projects, 1994-2004
. Cost Overruns
. Cost Overruns, 1994-2004
. Top Ten Reasons for Success
. Glass, Robert L. The Standish Report: Does It Really Describe a Software Crisis?, Communications of the ACM, 49(8), August, 2006, pp. 15-16.
. Jørgensen, Magne and Kjetil Moløkken, How Large Are Software Cost Overruns? A Review of the 1994 CHAOS Report, Information and Software Technology, 48(4), April 2006.
. Standish view of Best Practices for SAD
. A humorous view of best practices. (View pdf Version)
(1/17/17)


. Software Project Failure Costs Billions.. Better Estimation & Planning Can Help (1/17/17)


. Analysis Wisdom.


. Systems Analysis
. What Does A Systems Analyst Really Do?
. What is Systems Analysis
. Stage Deliverables
. Deliverables
. Six 'Soft Skills' Every Analyst Needs to Know
. Benefits of Systems Analysis
. Cost of software repair by lifecycle stage
. unintended consequences in systems analysis
(1/17/17)


. Useful Sites
. Design Thinking Blog
. International Institute of Business Analysis
. What is Code?
. Human-Centered Design
. Making Systems Thinking Sexy
(1/17/17)


. The Presidential Medal of Freedom. There are two of note to this class:

  • Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, known as “Amazing Grace” and “the first lady of software,” was at the forefront of computers and programming development from the 1940s through the 1980s. Hopper’s work helped make coding languages more practical and accessible, and she created the first compiler, which translates source code from one language into another. She taught mathematics as an associate professor at Vassar College before joining the United States Naval Reserve as a lieutenant (junior grade) during World War II, where she became one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and began her lifelong leadership role in the field of computer science.
  • Margaret H. Hamilton led the team that created the on-board flight software for NASA's Apollo command modules and lunar modules. A mathematician and computer scientist who started her own software company, Hamilton co-created the concepts of asynchronous software, priority scheduling, and human-in-the-loop decision capability, which set the foundation for modern, ultra-reliable software design and engineering.

  • . An example consultant's analysis report: Strider and Cline evaluate UM's implementation of PeopleSoft. (8/22/16)


    . The previous edition of your textbook had a chapter entitled "Succeeding as a Systems Analyst." It is available here with permission of the publisher. (1/23/17)


    . Dear Student: My Name Is Not 'Hey'
    . Professors’ Pet Peeves

    . Ten Things the Professor Loves


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