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<p><b>Abstract</b>—This paper presents the findings of empirical research from 61 companies, mostly from the United States, to identify the factors that may impact implementation of a system development methodology (SDM). The study uses a survey instrument to identify the SDM implementation factors. The survey focused on the perspective of the primary constituents: functional managers, information systems managers, system personnel, and external consultants. The study uses an exploratory factor analysis that identifies five factors important to implementing an SDM: organizational SDM transition, functional management involvement/support, SDM transition, the use of models, and external support. The research findings have important implications for further research and the practice of system development. For researchers, it points to important measures in the implementation and use of SDMs that may be further verified and extended in subsequent research. For practitioners, it provides a general guide to the important aspects to consider in the implementation and use of an SDM.</p>
Systems development methodology, analysis and design, project management, life cycle, managers, implementation.

R. Kelly Rainer Jr., K. T. Fields, M. L. Gibson and T. L. Roberts Jr., "Factors that Impact Implementing a System Development Methodology," in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 24, no. , pp. 640-649, 1998.
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