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systems analysis & designThe examination of a problem and the creation of its solution. Systems analysis is effective when all sides of the problem are reviewed. Systems design is most effective when more than one solution can be proposed. The plans for the care and feeding of a new system are as important as the problems they solve. See systems analyst, system development life cycle, information system and Systemantics.
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Three definitions characterize this approach to problem solving. The first is the design of a range of components to be prefabricated in factories and combined in different ways to yield different types of structures. The second is the application of analysis to the supply of materials and assembly processes. The third is a conceptual overview of design where each building is regarded as part of a greater whole and each project is seen in its social, cultural and economic context.
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