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Visual Modeling with IBM Rational Software Architect and UML: developerWorks Series by Jim Palistrant, Terry Quatrani

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Chapter 2. Beginning a Project

Defining the Right Project

Eastern State University (ESU) Background

Risks for the Course Registration Problem

ESU Course Registration Problem Statement

Summary

Defining the Right Project

The most important question to ask when developing a system is not a methodological question. It is not a technical question. It is a seemingly simple, yet remarkably difficult question: “Is this the right system to make?” Unfortunately, this question is often never asked nor answered. Although misguided methodology or technically tough problems can cause projects to fail, sufficient resources and heroic effort by talented people often can save them. But nothing can save a system that is not needed or that automates the ...

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