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Adaptable Process Model
Feasibility Analysis

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Feasibility Analysis

    All projects are feasible–given unlimited resources and infinite time! Unfortunately, the development of a computer-based system or product is more likely plagued by a scarcity of resources and difficult (if not downright unrealistic) delivery dates. It is both necessary and prudent to evaluate the feasibility of a project at the earliest possible time. During system engineering (SEPA 5/e, Chapter 10), three primary areas of interest are considered:

    Economic feasibility. An evaluation of development cost weighed against the ultimate income or benefit derived from the developed system or product.

    Technical feasibility. A study of function, performance, and constraints that may affect the ability to achieve an acceptable system.

    Legal feasibility. A determination of any infringement, violation, or liability that could result from development of the system.

    For this checklist, the more questions that elicit a negative response, the higher the risk that project/product feasibility is questionable.

    Economic feasibility.

  • Have the benefits associated with the product/system/service been identified explicitly?
  • Have the benefits been quantified in dollar terms?
  • Does the configuration represent the most profitable solution? Can it be marketed successfully? Will ultimate payoff justify development risk?
  • What is the risk associated with cost and schedule estimates?
    • Technical feasibility.

  • Are all elements of the system configuration understood?
  • Can the configuration be built within pre-established cost and schedule bounds?
  • Does the technology exist to develop all elements of the system?
  • Does the system rely on proven technologies?
  • Are all interfaces clearly defined?
  • Are function and performance assured?
  • Can the configuration be adequately maintained?
  • Do technical resources exist?
  • What is the risk associated with the technology?
  • Can quality assurance be adequately performed on all elements of the system?
  • Does the proposed configuration properly interface with the system's external environment?
  • Are machine to machine and human to machine communication handled in an intelligent manner?
    • Legal feasibility.

  • Does this configuration introduce undue liability risk?
  • Can proprietary aspects be adequately protected?
  • Is there potential infringement?

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