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Artifacts in Systems Archeology

Artifacts in Systems Archeology
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Author(s): Jerome B. Heath (Metro State University, USA)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 2
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch008
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347


Post-Structuralist methods are meant to be used to analyze and criticize structural results. Because of this, these methods could be a useful tool for analyzing and making improvements to systems which were designed using structured methods. Discourse analysis and archeology are good examples of such post-structuralist methods. The first step to developing these methods is to recognize the layers of discourse in the system project. Artifacts of the system such as variable names and transition processes are used to identify the layers and understand the relationships between these layers. This approach can lead to a better understanding of present problems with structure in any system.

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