Information Systems
College of Business Administration
University of Missouri - St. Louis
His Spear against His Shield

A man of the state of Chu had a spear and a shield for sale. He was loud in praises of his shield.

"My shield is so strong that nothing can pierce it through."

He also sang praises of his spear.

"My spear is so strong that it can pierce through anything."

"What would happen," he was asked, "if your spear is used to pierce your shield?"

It is impossible for an impenetrable shield to coexist with a spear that finds nothing impenetrable.

Moral:In system analysis, feasibility analysis is significant. A "perfect" solution which has conflict project objectives is not feasible for a system.

It's not common that one solution can meet all the requirements. System analysts need to define the system scope and project objectives appropriately, in order to get an optimized solution.

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