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Follow a complete project through from end to end using all of the BA tools taught throughout the program. An excellent way to consolidate your knowledge as you apply what you've learned in "real time", gaining practical experience over the course of...


 
Course Outline
Follow a complete project through from end to end using all of the BA tools taught throughout the program. An excellent way to consolidate your knowledge as you apply what you€(TM)ve learned in €oereal time€, gaining practical experience over the course of the project. Covers business use cases, system use cases, workflow modeling, structural modeling (class diagrams), state machines, deriving test cases from use cases and more.

All participants receive a copy of UML for the IT Business Analyst by Howard Podeswa. All workshops in public classes are developed on flipcharts; upon request, workshops during in-house training may be developed using a modeling tool (IBM Rational Rose or other).

Why Attend this Course?
Take this course to increase your effectiveness in employing Business Analysis techniques in the workplace:
€" By following a project through from end-to-end, you€(TM)ll reinforce knowledge gained throughout the program, learning exactly when to use each BA technique for maximum benefit.
€" By working on all techniques over the same course, you€(TM)ll experience how the techniques fit together, for example, how use cases are tied to activity diagram and to class diagrams.
€" For companies using Rational Rose for development: the Rose option of the course teaches BAs how to use Rose effectively for requirement modeling, resulting in a seamless transition to development.

What Makes this Course Stand Apart?

Well-chosen, realistic case study


The case study is carefully selected to be complex enough to exercise the entire full BA skill-set yet doable within the timeframe.

The Job Aids

Each trainee receives invaluable Job Aids for use back at the office, including a complete copy of the case study with an end-to-end Business Requirements Document, containing examples of all the tools and diagrams covered in the course.

Use-case centred approach

The trainee learns through practice how to employ a use-case centred approach to a project €- effectively employing use cases as a central link to the object model, decision tables, workflow modeling and other BA deliverables.

Experience

Our course is written and delivered by professionals with extensive practical experience in object and data modeling for business analysis.

Hands-on tool experience (when requested)

For in-house training where the Rose option has been requested, trainees gain hands-on experience using IBM Rational ROSE for Business Analysis.

Audience
€¢ IT Business Analysts and their managers
€¢ Systems Analysts and programmers interested in expanding their role into the business area.

Class Format
Trainees work in teams, developing a case study over the course of a project. The instructor introduces each step by reviewing techniques required at the time. Working individually or in groups (as appropriate for the step), trainees perform BA activities and create deliverables, with the instructor acting as mentor. After each step is completed, the instructor takes up common issues that arose during the workshop. (Upon request: during workshops, trainees will use IBM Rational ROSE or other tools to create and link models and other BA documentation.)

Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
€¢ Facilitate and act as analyst during project initiation (inception), making effective use of business use cases and workflow modeling (activity diagrams, etc.) to define end-to-end business processes and consolidate the viewpoints of stakeholders.

€¢ Create deliverables (Role Maps, Packages, etc.) early in the project to standardized how project-wide issues will be treated throughout the rest of the lifecycle.

€¢ Break up a project effectively into business and system use cases, employing advanced use-case features (include, extend, etc.) that minimize redundancies in the documentation.

€¢ Create the business area structural model (class diagrams), describing system-wide business rules for essential business objects.

€¢ Employ use-case analysis to discover and document business workflow rules.

€¢ Create textual use-case documentation that clearly and effectively describes user requirements using state-of-the-art writing techniques and use case templates.

€¢ Ensure that business rules are uniformly expressed within the business requirements documentation by verifying usecase text against class diagrams.

€¢ Facilitate a structured walkthrough to verify requirements with stakeholders.

€¢ Link use-case documentation to the structural object model (class diagrams), state transition diagrams and other deliverables.

€¢ Use decision tables and activity diagrams to enhance the value of use-case text.

€¢ Define test cases making effective use of testing techniques such as boundary value analysis, use case scenario testing, system tests and decision tables.

€¢ Where requested: Use the Rational ROSE modeling tool to create class, use case, activity and state-machine diagrams.

Content €
¢ Enterprise Analysis: Analyzing the business context

> Analyzing end-to-end business processes with business use cases
> Business use-case diagram
> Defining business actors
> Defining workers
> Defining end-to-end workflow

€¢ Eliciting and documenting Systems Use Cases
> Facilitating use-case sessions
> Defining the users: Role Map
> Use-Case Diagrams
> Use-Case textual documentation

€¢ Modeling workflow with activity diagrams
> Decisions, concurrent activities, object flows

€¢ Analyzing key business objects with state-machine diagrams
> States
> Transitions
> Activities
> Events
> Guards
> Composite states with orthogonal substates
> Composite states with concurrent substates (parallel states)

€¢ Defining business rules in the structural model:
> Facilitator tips for structural modeling
> Package diagrams
> Class Diagrams
€" Class
€" Generalization
€" Transient roles
€" Aggregation
€" Association
€" Association class
€" Multiplicity
> Quality Assurance
€" Deriving test cases from system use cases
€" Selecting test data using Boundary Value Analysis
€" Testing Service Level (non-functional) Requirements with System Tests
€" Decision Tables
€" User Acceptance Testing
> What the developers do with the requirements
€" Sequence diagrams
€" Technical classes

€¢ The role of modeling in business architecture

This course addresses the following BABOK knowledge areas and tasks:
Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring

The course provides guidance and hands-on experience in the following techniques used in the context of planning a business analysis approach: Process Models (used to define and document the business analysis approach) and Structured Walkthroughs (used as a means of validating a business analysis approach.

The course provides guidance and experience in the following activities that support the task Conduct Stakeholder Analysis: modeling business stakeholders and their relationships to business processes (business use cases) and modeling stakeholders (actors) who interact directly with an IT solution.

The course also provides guidance in the planning of BA activities over an iterative lifecycle.

Requirements Management and Communication

The course provides guidance and experience maintaining requirements for reuse through the use of structural (data) modeling to centralize and reuse business rules and through advanced use-case techniques (extend, include, generalization) that promote reuse of the user requirements.

Enterprise Analysis

The course provides guidance and experience in the building of the following models used in the context of the Enterprise Architecture (an important input to assessing capability gaps): Class Diagrams; ERDs; process models (activity diagrams and business use cases). The course also provides guidance on defining solution scope using behavioral and structural To-Be models.

Requirements Analysis

The course provides guidance in the following aspect of organizing requirements: mapping the behavioural and structural models to each other.

The course provides extensive experience in specifying and modeling the behavioral requirements in the use-case model and in the definition of business concepts and relationships in the structural model. Techniques listed in the BABOK for specifying and modeling requirements are covered in this course as follows: Business Rules Analysis: (Decision Tables); Data Modeling: (structured approach using ERDs and
UML approach using class diagrams); Process Modeling; Scenarios and Use Cases; State Diagrams.

The course provides guidance in verifying requirements through the identification and resolution of discrepancies between the behavioural model (use cases) and the structural model.
Prerequisites & Certificates
Pre-Requisites

None

Certificates offered

CDUs (Continuing Development Units): 21 BABOK Compliance: BABOK Release 2


Cancellation Policy
10 business day cancellation policy. if the course is confirmed and the student cancels within 10 days of the course, then they get charged and apply a credit for future courses. If they cancel outside of 10 business days, then there are no charges at all.
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I realize that we are constantly dealing with technology, but I still think for a registration fee of almost $3,000, that a hardcover book should be included. I know that the option to print the book on a one-time basis exists.
Reviewed by 2016
no
Reviewed by 2016
The instructor was very knowledgeable and answered all questions. Jarod did an excellent job presenting.
Reviewed by 2015
The room was cold. I had to sit next to the space heater. It would be good to tell future patrons to dress warmly AHEAD of time. No suprises.
Reviewed by 2015
He was great and offered his contact info for further questions.
Reviewed by 2015
Howard was a fantastic instructor and the course was exactly what I required.
Reviewed by 2014
The trainer was excellent - the course exceeded my expectations.
Reviewed by 2014
This course provides an excellent overview and a bit of practice on the various functions of SharePoint 2013. I was disappointed at the number of exceedingly long breaks given after each module. I would have preferred less break time and more content to the course. Having never taken a SharePoint course with another provider, I don't know if this is the norm with all providers of just this one in particular.
Reviewed by 2014
I ranked the "Use of Technology" low because for Users who were remote the VM's that were setup were a little wonky. Could be very slow at times and then sometimes they needed to be refreshed to work properly with the lab. In some instances we couldn't follow along as replication would not occur fast enough and we would have our lab cut short (for us remote Users).
Reviewed by 2014
The instructor was good at remembering to acknowledge the online students even though he was facing a classroom of students also.
Reviewed by 2014
Insructor was not so good with the live examples. Also the handouts was not so useful
Reviewed by 2013
The trainer was excellent, very knowledgeable and had a lot of valuable experience to share. The problem was that there were way too many workshops that took too long and interfered with getting the maximum benefit from the instructor and the course.
Reviewed by 2013
This was quite informative. It was a great opportunity to have ‘real life’ discussions with certified PMs. The instructor had excellent examples and was able to share his PM experiences with us with concrete examples. In addition, this was a great opportunity to network with private sector/public sector PMs and develop a better appreciation of PM on both sides of the fence. Cheers, CL
Reviewed by 2013
no
Reviewed by 2013
I did not like the video format
Reviewed by 2013
As a remote attendee, it appeared the instructor paid attention to the "Attendee" and "Chat" windows only a few times throughout the day, so I was not confident that he would see if I sent a message or raised my hand during the course.
Reviewed by 2013
The chairs were not very comfortable and the material contained spelling and grammatical error (a few but still)as well as repetition of words.
Reviewed by 2013
Was a bit slow the last 1/2 day. Of course, for some, this was the last of a 4 day course (not just 2 days).
Reviewed by 2013
I really enjoyed the course and I learned a lot. The pace was excellent.
Reviewed by 2013
good!
Reviewed by 2013
The room was excellent on its own - less distraction and no noise around you. There was no direction to the room when I walked in and therefore was not sure if I was heading in the right direction. We were not provided with the direction that there was coffee and fridge on the 3rd floor, and the bathroom floor was dirty.
Reviewed by 2012
This course was great, very informative, had Lionel as instructor and he was also very good.
Reviewed by 2012
Instructor was eager to assist but lacked subject matter expertise. Course time management was very poor. Content provided could have been delivered effectively in a one day course.
Reviewed by 2012
Good Course, good trainer. All questions addressed equally and in a timely professional manner.
Reviewed by 2011
The course content was interesting; however, the instructor didn't have enough knowledge about Microsoft Sharepoint 2010 Development and wasn't able to answer questions without google search. In the future CTE needs to make sure the instructors have real on-hands experience and are highly trained in the technologies they are supposed be teaching.
Reviewed by 2011
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