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Systems development management DLMG

Planning, estimating and executing systems development work to time, budget and quality targets.

Guidance notes

Activities may include — but are not limited to:

  • adopting and adapting systems development life cycle models based on the context of the work and selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches
  • collaboration and open communication with stakeholders with a focus on delivering value from systems development
  • managing risks and allowing for timely adjustment of plans and deliverables to continue to meet customer requirements and deliver value
  • aligning systems development activity and deliverables with architectures and standards and ensuring quality, security and privacy are built in 
  • developing roadmaps to communicate systems development plans
  • identifying the resources needed for all stages (planning, estimation, execution) of systems development projects and how demand will be met with a supply capacity.


Defined at these levels: 5 6 7

Systems development management: Levels 1-4

This skill is not typically observed when working at these levels of responsibility.

Systems development management: Level 5

Plans and drives systems development projects which support the organisation's objectives and plans.

Selects, adopts and adapts appropriate systems development methods, tools and techniques. Ensures that stakeholders are aware of required resources and that they are made available. Facilitates availability and optimum utilisation of resources.

Monitors and reports on the progress of development projects. Ensures projects are carried out in accordance with agreed architectures, standards, methods and tools and addresses security and privacy requirements.

Develops road maps to communicate future development activity.

Systems development management: Level 6

Sets policy and drives adherence to standards for systems development.

Leads activities to make security and privacy integral to systems development.

Identifies and manages the resources necessary for all stages of systems development projects.

Ensures that technical, financial and quality targets are met.

Systems development management: Level 7

Directs the definition, implementation and continual improvement of the organisation’s systems development management framework.

Aligns systems development to business strategies and objectives and with emerging technology and digital opportunities. Maintains an overview of the contribution of systems development programmes to organisational success.

Authorises the structure of systems development functions and platforms.

Sets strategy for resource management within systems development and authorises the allocation of resources for systems development programmes.