Learn how to use static, structural analysis techniques to model a business domain.  This is a hands-on practical workshop in using class diagrams, data models  and other structural modeling diagrams to describe business requirements for an IT system.  You will step through a complex real-life case study, learning at what points to develop and verify portions of the model. You will learn how to use structural analysis ‘live’ during interviews to define business concepts and objects and capture definitional business rules and, later, how to use the structural model to verify use cases in the behavioral model.  Trainees also learn how and when to convert class diagrams to ERDs (Entity Relationship Diagrams). 


• Project failures or cost overruns can often be traced to Business Requirements documentation that is incomplete, inconsistent or ambiguous.
• Object and data modeling address all three issues:
• Complete documentation is ensured through model-driven interview techniques that ensure that all the right questions get asked.
• Consistent documentation is obtained through techniques that centralize common business rules in one set of diagrams
• Unambiguous documentation is produced by conforming to the UML guidelines widely accepted and understood by developers.

What makes this course stand out from the competition?

1. Focus on Business Analysis: Unlike many other courses in object and data modeling, this is not a course in design for developers. Our course is focused squarely on the needs of the Business Analyst, clearly explaining where and how object and data modeling benefits the gathering and documenting of business requirements by the BA.  Developers looking to expand into the BA role will also gain value from this course, as they learn how to apply UML techniques to the requirements gathering “front-end” of a project.
2. Integration with use cases: We teach the trainee exactly how to integrate these modeling techniques with use-case analysis.  Trainees learn at what steps during use case analysis to create structural models and how the models fit into use case documentation.
3. Scenario-based training: Rather than present this discipline academically, by subject area, we walk the trainee through the modeling of a practical case study.  The trainee learns not only what to do, but when to use each technique during the course of a project.  We find this approach greatly enhances the ability of trainees to apply what they’ve learned in the workplace.
4. Hands-on tool experience (when requested): Trainees gain hands-on experience with an object-oriented modeling tool (Rational Rose, etc.), with the kind of BA perspective on the tool’s use that can only be provided by an organization devoted to BA training.


•  Business Analysts
•  Data Base Administrators, Systems Analysts, Data Modelers expanding their role into the Business Analysis area




2 days

Outline for Data and Object Modeling Workshop for the BA: Analyzing Business Rules with Class Diagrams and ERDs (with UML 2, BABOK 3) Training

• Lesson 1: Structural analysis and the BA
• Lesson 2: Analyzing Business Classes
• Lesson 3: Analyzing Sub-types (Generalizations and transient roles)
• Lesson 4: Analyzing Aggregations, Associations and Multiplicities
• Lesson 5: Discovering attributes and operations
• Lesson 6: Structural Modeling during Initiation
• Lesson 7: Structural Modeling during Analysis
• Lesson 8: Data Modeling and Data Warehouses