Once a case has been built as to the business need and the business sense of a project, the next step is to perform an investigation that will allow for fact-finding through research to determine “whether the request is feasible from an operational, technical, economic, and schedule standpoint (Shelly, Cashman, & Rosenblatt, 2004, p. 46).” An important process is to gather requirements of the project. A strategic plan or road map should be developed to provide identification of the goals, focuses, costs and resources of the project.
Fact-finding is in and of itself requirements gathering. Fact-finding involves several techniques. Each project scope and focus determines the method that should be used. “Depending on what information is needed to investigate the systems request, fact-finding might consume several hours, days, or weeks (Shelly, Cashman, & Rosenblatt, 2004, p. 67)”. Some of the methods used in fact-finding include analyzing organization charts, conducting interviews, reviewing current documentation, observing operations, and carrying out user surveys (Shelly, Cashman, & Rosenblatt, 2004, p. 67).
The proposed EIS (Equipment Inventory System) will have a set of assumptions. These assumptions will be outlined in detail to be addressed and verified by the project manager. Information relative to the assumptions such as the validity of the assumptions will be determined by reviewing current documentation and inventory.
The plan will consist of the use of several fact-finding methods. Interviews of the IT employees, managers and users will be conducted to help determine the effectiveness and efficiency of the current system. These interviews will be documented and evaluated to determine the true functionality of the system on a daily basis in real-time instances. The true costs and other administrative information of the current system will be obtained. Recommendations,...