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This is a hands-on practical workshop for the BA in business process modeling using workflow models and state-machine diagrams (Harel statecharts) to describe the sequencing of events within a process.

Course Outline

This is a hands-on practical workshop for the BA in business process modeling using workflow models and state-machine diagrams (Harel statecharts) to describe the sequencing of events within a process. Trainees step through a complex real-life case study, learning not only how to draw the diagrams but how and when to effectively use the techniques during a projects' life cycle. Trainees learn how to use business process diagrams to model existing and to-be processes, to define workflow for business use cases, to supplement the documentation of system use cases and to define lifecycle rules for business objects. The course covers the most popular standards for business process modeling: UML 2 - a wide-spectrum standard that covers the complete IT project lifecycle - and BPMN - a standard specifically created for business process modeling that is gaining widespread popularity. Trainees will learn to employ UML activity diagrams and BPMN Business Process Diagrams (BPD) to model workflow as well as UML-state machine diagrams to analyze the lifecycle of key business objects. As a supplement, IDEF workflow conventions developed by the military are also included in the printed course material and may be optionally included in class-time instruction.


At the end of this course, students will be able to: Define workflow rules for a business process. Consolidate the viewpoints of stakeholders during requirements-gathering sessions using activity diagrams. Describe business use-case workflow with activity diagrams. Tie together system use cases using activity diagrams with and without partitions (swimlanes) and object flows. Augment system use case documentation with activity diagrams. Create UML state-machine diagrams that describe the life cycle of a business object. Link use cases to state-machine diagrams. Convert activity diagrams to BPMN format (BPD). Supplement: Convert activity diagrams to IDEF format. (Included in course material; covered in lectures upon request.) Supplement: Understand alternative approaches to the UML standard, including flowcharting, block diagrams and Data Flow Diagrams (DFD). (Included in course material; covered in lectures upon request.)


Features of workflow modeling Creating activity diagrams Creating workflow textual requirements documentation: Creating UML state transition diagrams Alternatives to the UML


This course is designed for IT Business Analysts and their managers also Systems Analysts and programmers interested in expanding their role into the business area.

Course Outline

I. Features of workflow modeling

A. Evolution of Business Process Modeling
B. Structured Analysis vs. UML approaches to Business Process Modeling
C. Unified Modeling Language (UML) notation
D. Project lifecycle phases
E. As-Is and To-Be models
F. Business and Systems Models
G. Business Process Modeling over the project lifecycle
H. Rules of precedence
I. Basic workflow structures: sequential sequencing, repetition, selection, parallel activities
J. UML standards for workflow: activity, state and sequence diagrams
K. Representing Use-case Scenarios and Flows graphically as an appendix to the text

II. Creating activity diagrams

A. Activities
B. Sub-activities
C. Transitions
D. Guards
E. Split and merge
F. Fork and Join
G. Partitions/Swimlanes
H. Advanced activity diagramming techniques:
1. Object flows
2. Using Expansion Regions to model non-sequential activities
3. Using Expansion Region stereotypes to further specify timing considerations
4. Indicating interactions between processes using Signals and Events
5. Sub-activities
6. Tips and Best Practices for creating the workflow model and for communicating it to stakeholders

III. Creating workflow textual documentation

A. Pre and post-conditions
B. Metrics

IV. Creating UML state-machine diagrams

A. Selecting Business Objects for state-machine modeling
B. States
C. State transitions
D. Transition guards, events and send events
E. State activities
F. Composite states: Orthogonal (concurrent) states and Superstates
G. State History
V. Alternatives to the UML
A. BPMN (Business Process Modeling Notation) and BPD (Business Process Diagram)
B. Flow objects:
C. Events
D. Activities
E. Gateways
F. Connecting objects
G. Sequence Flow
H. Message Flow
I. Swimlanes
J. Pool
K. Lane
L. Converting activity diagrams to BPDs
M. Data Flow Diagrams (DFD)
N. Flowcharts
O. Supplement: Workflow standards developed by the military: IDEF0, IDEF3
P. Supplement: Block diagrams

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

Certificate of Completion

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I took the training remotely so I cannot comment on some of the questions. I think that this seminar has too much content to squeeze it into one week.... might be better as a two week course?
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found the material very helpful - although there was a lot of material covered - the pace was well set. Would definitely recommend people to have explored Microsoft Access beforehand to be familiarized with the program before taking the course. I would imagine someone without any exposure would find it confusing. Environment really good - people very, very nice and helpful. Would definitely take the next level of access with the same training facility.
Reviewed by 2013
I was not in the physical classroom. Feedback centered around online training would be good because now I have to rate items that I was not present for. Those items are getting half a star because I was not there to rate them. The course material must go through an editing process. There are a lot of grammar mistakes, but also a lot of actual procedure/activity mistakes.
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