Discussion Questions


Question 1: Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

Part A (Chapter 4)

1. Think about the improvements you would make to your current or previous organization’s Resource Information Systems (HRIS). Review the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Explain the system needs and provide a few details on what you would do during each phase of the SDLC.

Part B (Chapter 5)

2. Based on your system recommendations from Part A, make a brief proposal request to a vendor (see vendors on page 110, Table 5.3) using the information from Table 5.2 as a guide.


Question 2: “Self-Assessment Surveys and Development of Leadership Talent”  Please respond to the following:

  • Debate the usefulness of self-assessment surveys to determine employees with high potential within the organization. Create a list of five (5) critical areas in which high-potential candidates would assess themselves to be included in the talent pool for promotion and discuss how you would use the assessment.
  • Leadership talent is an organization-wide goal. Discuss how the responsibilities of the development of leadership talent should be partitioned among Human Resources staff and line managers. Be sure to address both the identification and development of future leadership.