If more time had been spent on design and analysis during this project, the requirement of the baggage management system, as well as the interface requirement with existing airport systems, would have been carefully delineated. This would have prevented the catastrophic implementation of the project that took place. Since analysis and design are much less capital intensive than the later phases of the project, millions of dollars of Colorado taxpayers money would have been saved by a more careful initial analysis.
Three systems developing methodologies are the SCRUM approach, the RUP methodology, and the RAD methodology. The SCRUM approach would not have been appropriate for this project since it relies on providing a working piece in software in just 30 days. This methodology would have sure been impossible to implement with a project of such massive scope.
The RAD methodology, likewise, would not have worked for developing the automated baggage management system. This is because the RAD methodology requires user participation with the development of the system. It would be unfeasible to require airport visitors to test out a new baggage management system that could damage or lose their bags.
The RUP methodology, which sets out to establish four gates that the project must successively pass represents the most successful methodology that could have been used for this project. The major failure in this project was that the requirements of the system were not carefully laid out at the beginning of the project. This would not have occurred if a gate system had been used to allow the project to continue passing from phase to phase, only when the requirements of the prior gate were met.
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