Integrating system analysis and project management tools

Roy Gelbard, Nava Pliskin, Israel Spiegler

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Currently, computer-aided tools for system analysis are distinct from project management tools. This study proposes and prototypes a model that integrates these two aspects of the Information System Life Cycle (ISLC) by automatically mapping system analysis objects into project management objects. To validate the feasibility of our model and without loss of generality, the conversion of Data Flow Diagrams (DFD) objects into Gantt and Pert diagrams is demonstrated in this study. Experiments with the prototype confirm that integrating common tools for system analysis and standard tools for project management, during system development, helps improve system building tasks and their management. In addition, project managers using the proposed mapping approach can better assess project duration and system performance parameters such as response time and data traffic. We address implications of our work to both academics and practitioners, discussing directions future research might take as well as opportunities and prospects for commercialization of the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-468
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2002


  • Data Flow Diagram (DFD)
  • Ganu diagram
  • Information System Life Cycle (ISLC)
  • Pert diagram
  • Project management
  • Software engineering
  • System analysis and design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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