Information Systems
College of Business Administration
University of Missouri - St. Louis
A Suitable Partner

There was a woman who had a middle-aged man as her lover and although she was no spring chicken herself, she concealed her age with exquisite grace. There was also a beautiful young girl who had caught the man's fancy. Both women wanted to seem a suitable partner for him so they began plucking out his hair in turn. The man imagined that his looks were being improved by their attentions but in the end he went bald, since the young girl plucked out every one of his gray hairs, while the old woman plucked out all the black ones.

Moral: You cannot please everyone all the time. In a systems analysis project, especially in large organizations, every department has requests and things they want done for their department. While it is a goal of systems analysis to make the departments they are concerned with function more efficiently and smoothly, it is difficult to try to satisfy every request of theirs, which may be out of scope for the project. It is important that the systems analysts adhere to the scope of the project and not let scope creep take over.

These stories are adapted examples written in my class, IS 6840 (formerly MSIS 488).
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