Most system designers are up against a data processing nightmare: the real world of backlogs, cost constraints, and dissatisfied users. To banish these problems (and avoid endless meetings during the process) this book offers clear, practical guidelines for getting users and MIS professionals together before problems occur. JAD is a software design methodology developed by IBM to enhance application design productivity and quality. The authors offer extensive examples of CASE (Computer Assisted Software Engineering) techniques, and provide readers with complete checklists, workplans, and helpful sample agendas. Also included are documentation forms that readers can quickly apply to their own projects. The text will benefit project managers, application designers, mis software engineers, programmers and students.