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System Development Cycle

posted Sep 6, 2010, 4:00 AM by Unknown user
    People who:

o   are use technology in the form of mobile phones, consoles and iPods

o   want a more attractive flair to their device

o   Prone to damaging or scratching their device

o   Feel protective over their electronic accessories (believe it is vulnerable)


Understanding the Problem

                Methods of collecting data: E-mail surveys, Pop-Ups, Surveys on our website, Mail (postings), on the street hand-outs, street surveys,

                Questions to be asked through these data collection methods can include: What kind of technology would you normally use?, What model of the technology devices do you use?, Have you ever heard of using “skins” to protect your tech. devices?, Why do you believe skins are useful?, What kind of designs would you prefer as your skins?, How much are you willing to pay for a high-quality skin design?, Would you prefer to purchase skins in store or online? Why?, If you were to purchase online, which payment methods would you prefer?

From this, the user needs and ideas for the development of this system can be comprehended; hence the actual problem can be understood. From these questions, knowledge that can be extracted include: the types of models and technology are the most popular and thus what products we would provide skins for, a reasonable pricing of products and how we would price our intended products, what designs are most popular (hence which designs to place on the website and in what order) and possible payment methods to use online/in store.


Making Decisions

Constraints concerning the design of the company:

-          Costing: seeing whether the skins production/selling is economically feasible such that users will not have to pay enormous amounts of money to purchase them (how many skins should be sold in order to keep the company afloat with reasonable prices). Delivery as a factor must also be considered. How we are to set out our budget as a whole must be taken into consideration

-          Requirements of technology: determining what technology will be required to produce the skins that will suit the needs of the users (i.e. high quality & long-lasting). Various film skins manufacturing machine have to be researched, and finding the most suitable option. Cutting utensils should also be decided upon

-          Use of the website: a major concern is how we are to present what we as a company offer users. The website must be user-friendly, and easy to manage. Decisions will include background colour & general aesthetic appeal, setting out of skins designs (how they are to be displayed), and how we say our product is better than others using a motto, principles and mission statement

-          Time: a decision on when this company will be up and running is needed (whether we have enough time to finish the website and get everything into place)


Design a Solution

We have continued developing a website which allows users to conveniently look through any skins designs. There have also been methods to allow users to be actively updated with any latest news, and see pre-answered questions about our company and how it works.

A user feedback centre still has not been developed, but I do believe would be a good idea. Also, a way to let users log in to their account if they have been previous customers will work well. Designs have been selected that the public will definitely like, and technology to manufacture these designs have been researched and decided upon. Contacts are have been listed on the website to allow any further feedback from the user about purchased are about-to purchase skins.

A feasible method of marketing, producing and selling our product as hence been made.


Testing, Evaluating, and Maintaining

The website has been completed at its core, and is regularly maintained with the posting of recent events I – SHIELD is participating in. User responses can again be found through the website or through e-mail or phone contacting, which allows us as a company to evaluate and further improve on this test system. I – SHIELD will from this become both a feasible and sustainable corporation.