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Rethinking Systems Analysis & Design

by Gerald M. Weinberg

ISBN: 978-0-932633-08-8  
©1988  208 pages   softcover  
$27.95 (plus shipping)

Subject(s): Systems Analysis, Systems Design

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An Eye-Opening, Intuitive Approach to the
More Subtle Problems of Analysis and Design

About the Book

Systems analysis and design have solved many problems, but they have also created many problems. This unique book tackles crucial analysis and design issues that are glossed over in conventional texts. It recognizes that while many problems are solved with systems analysis and design, many problems are also created.

Using a short, highly readable essay format, Rethinking Systems Analysis & Design presents readers with both the logical and the more intuitive aspects of the analysis/design process. The book is not intended as an alternative to structured analysis and design, but rather as a supplement for those who must deal with the less structured processes of analysis and design.

A witty and illustrative fable concludes each of this engaging book's seven parts. Among the informative topics are

  • mastering complexity
  • general systems thinking
  • observing and interviewing
  • trading off quality versus cost
  • understanding the designer's mind
  • design philosophy.


"Almost everything in this book translates directly into your own environment. . . . [You'll] find more wonderful stories, anecdotes, and fables in this book than you're likely to find even in a book on a more interesting subject than systems analysis!"

Managing End-User Computing

"This isn't just another systems analysis and design book, but one about the problems and possible solutions encountered when implementing a structured approach."


"For over twenty years, Gerald Weinberg has been enlivening the often solemn scene of design methodology with his distillations of experience into expertise. His collections of essays, anecdotes, and consolidated wisdom are always inspiring and entertaining: his new work in this tradition will be good reading not only for designers but for anyone wanting to understand design, particularly the users and managers of information systems. . . . Until we do have the Grand Unified Theory of Design (if this is even possible), life lessons such as those in this book will continue to be the most useful guide there is, both for introducing prospective practitioners and for reminding the old hands of what they may occasionally forget."

 —International Journal of General Systems

Table of Contents

Dorset House Catalog
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By this Author
Amplifying Your Effectiveness: Collected Essays
Are Your Lights On?: How to Figure Out What the Problem Really Is

Also Recommended

General Principles of Systems Design, by Gerald M. Weinberg and Daniela Weinberg

How to Plan, Develop & Use Information Systems, by Hein van Steenis
Process for System Architecture and Requirements Engineering, by Hatley, Hruschka, and Pirbhai
Strategies for Real-Time System Specification, by Derek J. Hatley and Imtiaz A. Pirbhai
Systems Modeling and Requirements Engineering: The ECSAM Method for Computer-Based Systems Analysis and Modeling, by Jonah Z. Lavi and Joseph Kudish

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