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UML for the IT BA Boot Camp -Business Analysis Simulation Workshop

Duration: 4 days Date: November 26-29th Location: ___ Categories: , Tag: N/A


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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 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.  The course covers the approach described by author and course designer Howard Podeswa, in his widely acclaimed book, UML for the IT Business Analyst.

Upon request, the course workshops may be developed by trainees using a modeling tool (IBM Rational Rose or other).

All participants receive a copy of UML for the IT Business Analyst, 2nd Edition by Howard Podeswa.


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


This course may be taken alone as a standalone course, where trainees have acquired some prior experience as BAs.  Trainees taking this course in the context of the complete program are advised to take it at the end, as a capstone course that ties together all of the techniques learned throughout the program.


  • Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
    • Facilitate and act as analyst for a requirements-gathering session at the start of a project, 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 (inclusions, extensions, etc.)
    • Create the business area class diagram, 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 use-case 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 diagrams.


Day 1:

  • Lesson 1: The OO BA
  • Lesson 2: Analyzing end-to-end business processes
  • Lesson 3: Breaking out business processes into meaningful IT interactions

Day 2:

  • Lesson 4: Describing interactions with the IT system
  • Lesson 5: Describing the life cycle of key business objects I
  • Lesson 6: Describing the life cycle of key business objects II

Day 3:

  • Lesson 7: Documenting across-the-board business rules I
  • Lesson 8: Documenting across-the-board business rules II
  • Lesson 9: Optimizing the requirements documentation I

Day 4:

  • Lesson 10: Optimizing the requirements documentation II
  • Lesson 11: Designing test cases
  • Lesson 12: Understanding how developers work with your documentation


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