"A problem is a difference between things as desired and things as perceived."
Gerald Weinberg

Analysis has many meaning within the context of Application Development including:
  1. "Analysis is the study of a problem, prior to taking some action.” (Tom DeMarco)
  2. Analysis identifies "What" a solution will accomplish, not "How" it will do it.
  3. Analysis documents the business functionality to be provided by the solution (e.g. the Functional Specification)

During analysis, business models are often used to capture the user’s view of the world around them. Once these models have been built, it is generally worthwhile to collect additional characteristics on the business’ processes, objects, events and data.
These characteristics may include: capacity metrics, performance metrics, structural volatility, availability, integrity, sensitivity, etc.
These characteristics will help guide the design in reaching a solution that is stable, flexible, complete, compact and efficient.
Advanced Strategies approach to collecting these characteristics is focused and methodical so that time and resources spent will create the greatest rewards.

Course Outcomes:
Students of Advanced Strategies’ The Rest of Analysis Course will return to work:

  1. Recognizing, the importance of analyzing key characteristics.
  2. Understanding the commonly collected characteristics, key attributes for each characteristic, and how these characteristics might impact design.
  3. With a process for determining the focus of this portion of analysis.
  4. With a format for documenting characteristics that will facilitate future use in design.

Course Outline:
Placing the Rest of Analysis in Context
  • Application Development Framework
  • Analysis vs. Design
  • Business Aspects
Why Collect Characteristics?
  • Types of Characteristics
  • Collection Principles
  • Benefits
  • Costs
  • Risks
Key Characteristics
  • Capacity Metrics
  • Performance Metrics
  • Structural Volatility
  • Availability
  • Consequences of Inaccessibility
Integrity and Reliability
  • How Important is Integrity?
  • Precision
  • Consequences of Failure
  • Other Reliability Factors
  • User Class
  • Site (Node); Central vs. Local, Geographic, Platform
  • Role of Location and Socio-Political Models
  • Substitute Data
Efficiently Capturing Information
  • Instruments and Techniques
  • Use of Tools in Capturing Information
  • Exercises
  • Case Study

Who Should Attend:
This course is targeted for Business Analysts and others capturing user requirements.

Course Prerequisites:
Business Event Modeling
Business Object Modeling
Business Process Analysis - Optimizing the "To-Be"
Reconciling Models

Course Duration:
Two Days

Class Availability: Request It Now!

Materials Provided:
Student Workbook

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