A successful IT architecture consists of three key components:
The first of these three major components, the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC), forms the basis upon which the other two are built. It is a key aspect of IT governance and portfolio management.
The SDLC defined here is the system development methodology of the Farm Service Agency (FSA). It is based on an iterative system engineering process that describes who does what, when, and how in a system development and deployment project. It has demonstrated the ability to meet the departmental framework in terms of phases, deliverables, etc. defined in the USDA SDLC.
On May 12, 2005, the release of the SDLC was formally announced by Steven L. Sanders, FSA Chief Information Officer. The complete announcement can be viewed here: FSA SDLC Formal Release.