Systems Analysis and Design (SIGSAND)

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Track Chairs

Palash Bera, Saint Louis University,
Binny Samuel, University of Western Ontario,

Track Description

Systems analysis is about analyzing business problems and opportunities and identifying possible solutions, whereas systems design is specifying how an identified solution can be implemented, specifically as it involves information technology. The combined field of Systems Analysis and Design deals with all issues related to the development of systems and as such is of central importance to the information systems discipline. The SAND track provides a forum for discussing research related to systems development methodologies and the methods used and activities occurring throughout the systems development life cycle. This includes requirements determination, modeling techniques and languages, agile systems development practices, empirical evaluation of analysis and design methods, user involvement in systems development, open source development, design of systems architecture, and other technical and organizational issues in systems development.

Some of these topics include:

Mini-Track 1: Modeling Languages, Methodologies, Methods, Techniques, and Tools

John Erickson, University of Nebraska at Omaha,
Xin Tan, Fairleigh Dickinson University,
Keng Siau, Missouri University of Science and Technology,

This mini-track recognizes the important roles modeling languages, methodologies, methods, techniques, and tools play in the systems development process as well as a continuing thematic relevance to systems developers, modelers, and theorists. The mini-track highlights the ongoing growth, innovation, and creativity in this field. As an established and successful AMCIS and SIGSAND component since 2003, the mini-track provides a forum for researchers, educators, and practitioners working in the areas of systems analysis and design, method engineering, and modeling language development, use, modification, and assessment. This mini-track also serves as an outlet for studies in theory development, design science, and behavioral science. An objective of this mini-track is to work toward a more standardized set of concepts which would in turn benefit researchers, educators, and practitioners in this field. We welcome both technical and empirical pieces, and are open to all aspect of research methods (e.g., survey, experimentation, case studies, action research, etc.).

Mini-Track 2: General Systems Analysis & Design Processes

Solomon Antony, Murray State University,
Akhilesh Bajaj, University of Tulsa,
Dinesh Batra, Florida International University,

The objective of this mini-track is to bring together work on various processes that are adopted by an organization during the systems analysis and design phases of systems development or the purchase of off-the-shelf systems. These works include but are not limited to work process analysis, distributed and global aspects of team collaboration, and prototype development processes. Researchers can present technical, empirical, cognitive, pedagogical, theoretical, or applied aspects of processes related to Systems Analysis and Design, highlighting the continuing fundamental position of systems analysis and design in the IS discipline. Papers may cover topics including exploration and exploitation in software development, issues in managing globally distributed projects, and improving project management practices to address success dimensions such as scope, schedule, costs, and quality as well as co-creation of value for the customer. Work specific to modeling or agile development should be submitted to the relevant mini-tracks in this track.

Mini-Track 3: Contemporary Issues in Agile Development

VenuGopal Balijepally, Oakland University,
Sridhar Nerur, University of Texas Arlington,
Torgeir Dingsøyr, SINTEF ICT,
Nils Brede Moe, SINTEF ICT,

The Agile manifesto, which introduced agile methodologies, is now more than a decade old. During this period, these methodologies have seen increased acceptance among software developers. This brings to the fore a number of research issues—adoption and/or adaptation of agile methods, agile project management, social aspects of agile development, distributed agile development, scalability of agile methodologies, and enterprise agility, to name but a few. The incorporation of myriad practices, particularly those advocated by lean principles, has only rendered the term “agility” more nebulous. Prospective research topics include lean and agile practices and their synergies/differences, and the role of agile/lean principles in facilitating flexible enterprise architectures. Considering the rapid growth of agile development practices, the Project Management Institute (PMI) recently introduced a new certification program focused on agile project management. This is expected to further consolidate and spread the use of agile development. Some illustrative project management aspects of agile development in need of research attention include cost and schedule estimation/planning, resource allocation, risk management, and change control management. This mini-track will provide a forum for researchers to address fundamental issues regarding agile development practices as well as contemporary topics raised by its widespread acceptance and use.

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