Week 1 Daily Question 1 Question: Describe at least one risk inherent in each phase of the SDLC. Answer: The SDLC (Systems Development Life Cycle) includes the following phases: Systems Planning; Systems Analysis; Systems Design; Systems Implementation; and Systems Operation and Support. In each phase of the SDLC it is important to include Risk Management because each phase poses different risks to the overall completion of the deliverable or end product. In System Planning, the nature and scope of the business opportunity or problem are discovered. There is a large amount of risk involved in not identifying the proper scope. A wrong move in this phase will completely change the entire development of the project. The Systems Analysis phase includes developing the requirements for the project. Oftentimes these are system requirements and should also include security requirements. Risk is prevalent in this phase with the security requirements. The Systems Design phase results in the design specifications that are presented to management. If management and end users aren’t involved in this phase, there is great risk because this is where understanding of what the system does, how it does it, and how much it will cost. The Systems Implementation phase results in a usable product. This phase also includes an evaluation of the system. If the systems implementation phase does not deliver a functional information system, there is great risk with cost and benefits. Lastly, the Systems Operation and Support phase includes the maintenance and enhancements of the system. There is risk in this phase if the system was not designed to continually expand to meet business needs.