The Michigan Department of Education annually reimburses schools and childcare programs for over $200 million through State and USDA funded nutrition programs. The Office of School Support Services contracted A.J. Boggs to provide project management services and quality assurance support for their child and adult nutrition application processes. The goal of the project was to develop the plans for the system, including the acquisition strategy.
The Rational Unified Process (RUP) was followed. A needs assessment was performed through reviews of IT systems, development processes, and system documentation. A.J. Boggs conducted interviews with internal and external users and other stakeholders to define the vision and the scope of the system. MDE staff were interviewed and focus groups met to discuss the system requirements. School district personnel and childcare center sponsors were also interviewed to identify their needs and concerns. The system requirements were identified and the features prioritized by importance. A statement of work was developed along with requirement specifications, and work plans to develop and implement the system using existing contractors. Used RUP (Inception) and ER Win (Relational Database Designing).