Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (January 17, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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The concise review, for those who don't want to read all the way to the end:Worst book ever. Don't take classes based on it if you want to learn system design or project management, and/or maintain your grade point average. If the course is required in your degree program, PLEAD with your instructor to choose another text. ANY other text. A For Dummies book. Printouts of the Project Management and Software Development pages from Wikipedia. Anything. I'm serious.If you HAVE to use this book, buy the Eastern Economy Edition, which is the exact same book without color graphics. You won't miss the color as much as you'll miss the extra $120 you'll pay for the US edition. Get it used if possible.Now for the long and wordy review...This text (Essentials of System Analysis and Design, Fourth Edition) was the required text for a course entitled Information Systems Design at my college.If there was an option on 's rating system to give negative stars, I would - because this text, and the accompanying PowerPoint slides based on it, took an otherwise excellent course and turned it into a nightmare.In other words, using this book made the course WORSE; made the students understand LESS than they would have without it; and helped produce another generation of future systems analysts and project managers who don't know what they are doing, will cost businesses millions of dollars in failed projects, and will make life a living hell for those who will work with them.
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