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The CISA® Prep Guide: Mastering the Certified Information Systems Auditor Exam by John Kramer

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6.5. System Design

At this point in the development cycle, final design specifications has been obtained and the complete design will commence in earnest and is probably already in progress to some extent. All of these phases: specification, design, development, and testing will overlap somewhat because it will be more efficient to take some aspects of the work on into the subsequent phases until a natural stopping point is reached for several situations. This design phase will make final decisions in areas where unclear specifications have existed up to this point in the development process. By now the scope should be fairly well set but scope control processes and change order management will still be an important part of the process that you should find in place as part of the development management tool set. Design documentation will be the primary deliverable you would expect to be reviewing as output from this phase and you should find it to be clear and easy to follow for a reasonably qualified developer.

Detailed work plans will need to be prepared for the design phase that should show resource and skill matching to design efforts required. Control over this work plan will be managed through the existing project management processes and follow the systems development methodology consistently as in prior phases of this development effort. Project planning should be reviewed for reasonable expectations, adequate resource allocations, and progress to date against similar ...

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