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Developer

System z application development

Delays Ahead! Proceed With Caution
Accurate project scoping helps map out a faster route to success
By Jim Schesvold

T

he first part of this series introduced the concept that accurately scoping a project is key to its success; it serves as a baseline and sets expectations for the end product or contract price. This concluding article expands on those concepts and provides specifics for assessing the full scope of a project.
project was deemed to be simple and straightforward. The reality was:

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on project scoping. Part 1 is available at ibmsystemsmag. com/mainframe/tipstechniques/ applicationdevelopment/ project_scoping

As stated in Part 1, scoping is critical and not for the faint of heart. While far from simple, it’s invaluable—when done right. A recent project demonstrates this lesson learned the hard way.

The Scenario Working as primary programmer/ analyst on a development project, I was tasked to revamp the appearance of an accounts-receivable system. Dubbed “new AR,” it was designed to be much easier to use than “old AR,” an arcane, code-and-acronym-laced system requiring extensive training and experience. Two senior IT professionals scoped the project using an assessment based on a brief review of user specifications created by an executive committee. The assessment wrongly assumed that the project involved one transaction; actually, it involved two that in turn invoked several others. It also assumed that no files would be updated, and this wasn’t entirely true. Based on this initial assessment, the

hÁThe system had to interact with a variety of existing programs. hÁThe screens had been incorrectly laid out. hÁA variety of functions driven off program function (PF) keys or single-character codes were not considered. hÁA plethora of exceptions or payment/cancellation/credit, etc., options were overlooked. hÁConcurrent multiscreen display requirements were ignored.
The Perfect Storm Because of incomplete scoping, the project was underestimated by a factor of five-to-seven. Complicating matters further, a formal project-management system was implemented as development began, ending the practice of amending project hours as the project progressed to match the time it was actually taking. It was a perfect storm in the making.

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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012
Table of Contents
Editor’s Desk: Rethinking System z
IBM Perspective: Smarter Computing, Enterprise Modernization and the Mainframe
Insider: Proper Tools Can Bring Flexibility to Application Development
IT Today: Six Things You Didn't Know About the Modern Mainframe
Trends: Seven Reasons IT Projects Fail
Cover Story: Agile Thinking: How to leverage existing technology to gain a competitive advantage
Features: All Together Now: A centralized business analytics environment delivers great value
Improving Upon the Gold Standard: System z pushes the limits of high availability
Tech Corner: Processor Design Innovations Empower the z196
Developer: Accurate Project Scoping Helps Map Out a Faster Route to Success
Solutions/Advertiser's Index: PASSPORT Host Integration Objects - LegaSuite 6
Stop Run: Mainframer Clarence Golson Reflects on a Diverse Career Built on a Single Platform
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Editor’s Desk: Rethinking System z
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - IBM Perspective: Smarter Computing, Enterprise Modernization and the Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - I1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - I2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - I3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - I4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Insider: Proper Tools Can Bring Flexibility to Application Development
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - IT Today: Six Things You Didn't Know About the Modern Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Trends: Seven Reasons IT Projects Fail
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Cover Story: Agile Thinking: How to leverage existing technology to gain a competitive advantage
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Features: All Together Now: A centralized business analytics environment delivers great value
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Improving Upon the Gold Standard: System z pushes the limits of high availability
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Tech Corner: Processor Design Innovations Empower the z196
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - V1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - V2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Developer: Accurate Project Scoping Helps Map Out a Faster Route to Success
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Solutions/Advertiser's Index: PASSPORT Host Integration Objects - LegaSuite 6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Stop Run: Mainframer Clarence Golson Reflects on a Diverse Career Built on a Single Platform
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - RF1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - BG1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - BG2
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