[Detailed Course-description will follow very soon.]
Being a business analyst is not easy, and many common requirements definition methods don’t make it any easier. At one extreme are simplistic list-based approaches that are too imprecise, incomplete, and inconsistent for all but the simplest applications. Think “the system shall…” At the other extreme are complex techniques that are indecipherable to most users and analysts, and thus produce results that are equally undependable. On top of that, most literature on business analysis doesn’t cover the “tips of the trade” – those frameworks and techniques experienced analysts seem to draw on effortlessly.
What is needed are techniques that are repeatable by analysts, understandable and relevant to business subject matter experts, and useful to designers and developers. They should also play well together, offer well-defined progressive levels of detail, and be practical enough that you can achieve good results within your natural lifetime!
That sounds challenging, but it’s very possible. This practical, information-filled two-day workshop shows how to discover, document, and verify requirements using a small number of business-friendly yet powerful modelling techniques. After a quick review of bad advice in the world of business analysis, the consequences of applying it, and why it just doesn’t work, we’ll study four integrated modelling techniques, each providing a different lens into the problem space:
The material is drawn from our primary courses for business analysts – Working With Business Processes, Business-Oriented Data Modelling, and especially Use Cases and Services. We assume some familiarity with Process and Concept Models, so the emphasis will be on Business Events, User Stories/Use Cases, and Business Services. In addition, it introduces some “tips of the trade” – those frameworks and techniques experienced analysts draw on effortlessly. We’ll look at “The Magical Number 7,” “Visual Literacy,” “Essentials of Facilitation,” “The Principle of Constructive Ignorance,” and more.
This workshop covers what really works, not textbook theory about what should work or what might work. You’ll get clear methods, guidelines, templates, and tips to help you get quality results and maximize the involvement of business subject matter experts. That’s because this workshop was developed by practitioners, for practitioners, and the techniques have been refined and proven over many years of real-world experience. Attend, and give your BA career an edge!
None, although some understanding of Business Process Modelling and Concept Modelling (Conceptual Data Modelling) will be helpful but not mandatory – the workshop reviews the essentials.
Business analysts, UX designers, systems analysts, and developers responsible for the analysis and design of any component of an application, including application logic and the user interface, or for documenting legacy/custom/packaged application behavior in a structured way. Also, technical resources and project leaders needing to understand current business analysis techniques, and content experts with a significant role in specifying requirements.
Those who have attended the Data Modelling or Workflow Modelling classes by Alec Sharp will also benefit from this course. Why? Because it provides additional skills, including the all-important “soft skills,” to build on their data and process expertise and contribute to real improvement at their organisations.
Van der Valk Hotel Utrecht
3526 KV Utrecht
Telefoon 030 8000 800
The hotel is very well accessible by public transport. From busstop ‘Kanaleneiland Zuid’ it is only a three-minute walk. You can also take the tram line 60 or 61 from trainstation Utrecht Centraal and get off at stop ‘Kanaleneiland’. Please consult www.9292.nl (door-to-door journey planner, also available in English) or call 0900-9292 (travel advice by phone, € 0.70 p/m).
Van der Valk Hotel Utrecht is also located next to the highway A12, exit 17 (Utrecht / Jaarbeurs / Kanaleneiland).
Although the hotel has a large parking garage, we cannot guarantee parking spots. We therefore advise you to go by public transport.
For those who would like to arrive the day before, there is the possibility of staying at the Van der Valk Hotel Utrecht. However, the hotel does not provide special discounts for attendees of events. Therefore, when interested in an overnight stay, please consult Van der Valk directly to make a reservation.
More information about the hotel and the location can be found on their website www.vandervalkhotelutrecht.nl.
Practically all of our seminars and workshops can be offered as an In-house course for your company exclusively. We can tailor with extra focus on specific topics that apply to your organization. Also available in online format or in face-to-face format with live video stream.