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AI2.7 - Development of Application Software

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Development of Application Software

Ensure that automated functionality is developed in accordance with design specifications, development and documentation standards, QA requirements, and approval standards. Ensure that all legal and contractual aspects are identified and addressed for application software developed by third parties.

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Value Drivers

  • Ensuring that business, customer and user needs are met
  • Ability to manage and prioritise resources
  • Application software creating capabilities for the business
  • Application meeting usability requirements
  Risk Drivers
  • Waste of resources
  • Lost focus on business requirements
  • High number of failures
  • Inability to maintain applications effectively

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  1. Establish development procedures to ensure that the development of application software adheres to organisational development standards.
  2. Ensure that application software is developed based on agreed-upon specifications and business, functional and technical requirements.
  3. Establish agreed-upon stages of the development process (development checkpoints). At the end of each stage, facilitate formal discussions of approved criteria with the stakeholders. Obtain approval and sign-off from all stakeholders following successful completion of functionality, performance and quality reviews before finalising stage activities. At the final stage, confirm with IT technical authorities and operations management that the applications are ready and suitable for migration to the production environment.
  4. Assess the adequacy of software developed in terms of its compatibility and ease of integration with existing applications and infrastructure.
  5. When third-party developers are involved with the applications development, establish that they adhere to contractual obligations and organisational development standards and that licensing requirements have been addressed.
  6. Monitor all development activities and track change requests and design, performance and quality reviews, ensuring active participation of all impacted stakeholders, including business process users and IT technology representatives.
  7. Ensure that requested changes arising within IT or from the business process owner are tracked.
  8. Consider the effect of dynamic, non-sequential development techniques (e.g., rapid application development, extreme programming) on the monitoring of the application development progress and approval of application software by stakeholders.

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