This chapter primarily describes the project management workflow of the Unified Process. The first step in the process is to identify a project that will deliver value to the business and to create a system request that provides basic information about the proposed system. Second, the analysts perform a feasibility analysis to determine the technical, economic, and organizational feasibility of the system; if appropriate, the system is selected and the development project begins. Third, the project manager estimates the functionality of the project and identifies the tasks that need to be performed. Fourth, the manager staffs the project. Finally, the manager identifies the tools, standards, and process to be used; identifies opportunities for reuse; determines how the current project fits into the portfolio of projects currently under development; and identifies opportunities to update the overall structure of the firm's portfolio of systems current in use.


  • Understand the importance of linking the information system to business needs.
  • Be able to create a system request.
  • Understand how to assess technical, economic, and organizational feasibility.
  • Be able to perform a feasibility analysis.
  • Understand how projects are selected in some organizations.
  • Become familiar with work breakdown structures, Gantt charts, and network diagrams.
  • Become familiar with use-case–driven effort estimation.
  • Be able to create an iterative project workplan.
  • Understand ...

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