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UML for the It Business Analystby Howard Podeswa
Synopses & Reviews
Today, information-technology business analysts are often working on object-oriented (OO), Unified Modeling Language (UML) projects, yet they have a long way to go to exploit the technology beyond the adoption of use cases (just one part of the UML). This book explains how, as an IT business analyst, you can pull together all of the UML tools and fully utilize them during your IT project. Rather than approaching this topic theoretically, you will actually learn by doing: A case study takes you through the entire book, helping you to develop and validate the requirements for an IT system step by step. Whether you are a new IT business analyst; an experienced analyst, but new to the UML; a developer who is interested in expanding your role to encompass IT business-analysis activities; or any other professional tasked with requirements gathering or the modeling of the business domain on a project, you'll be trained and mentored to work efficiently on UML projects in an easy-to-understand and visual manner. This new edition has been completely updated for UML 2.2, and includes coverage of all the relevant new BABOK 2 knowledge areas. The new edition also covers various lifecycle approaches (non-empirical, empirical, waterfall, iterative, and agile) and their impact on the way project steps are carried out.
Book News Annotation:
The second edition of this guide to the Unified Modeling Language (UML) is intended for business analysts who need hands-on training in order to exploit UML tools and utilities in an IT project. Podeswa is a noted consultant in business analysis training, and he uses a single case study to walk users through the creation of business requirement documents that conform to the new UML 2.2 standards. He also provides step-by-step instructions on how to follow OOA processes for interviewing, researching and documenting and explains the use of such artifacts as business use-case diagrams, class diagrams, decision tables, use-case templates, swimlanes and state-machine diagrams. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The IT Business Analyst is one of the fastest growing roles in the IT industry. Business Analysts are found in almost all large organizations and are important members of any IT team whether in the private or public sector. "UML for the IT Business Analyst" provides a clear, step-by-step guide to how the Business Analyst can perform his or her role using state-of-the-art object-oriented technology. Business analysts are required to understand object-oriented technology although there are currently no other books that address their unique needs as non-programmers using this technology. Assuming no prior knowledge of business analysis, IT, or object-orientation, material is presented in a narrative, chronological, hands-on style using a real-world case study. Upon completion of "UML for the IT Business Analyst," you will have created an actual business requirements document using all of the techniques of object-orientation required of a Business Analyst. "UML for the IT Business Analyst" puts together all of the technology pieces needed to proficiently perform the Business Analyst role.
About the Author
The author is a sought-after speaker at Business Analysis conference - most recently BA World San Francisco and Vancouver. He plays a leading role in the industry (Business Analysis), as designer of BA training programs for a number of large training institutions (Boston University, TriOS, Humber College, etc.), Subject Matter Expert for the NITAS BA program (co-sponsored by US Dept. of Labor and CompTIA), and reviewer of the profession's standard book of best practices (the BABOK, owned by the International Institute of Business Analysis). Podeswa, through his role as Director for Noble Inc., has provided BA services internationally to a diverse client base, including the Canadian military (MASIS), the U.S. nuclear industry and the insurance and finance sectors.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Who Are IT Business Analysts? Chapter 2 - The Business Analyst's Perspective on Object Orientation Chapter 3 - Steps of B.O.O.M Chapter 4 - Analyzing End-to-End Business Processes Chapter 5 - Scoping the IT Project with System Use Cases Chapter 6 - Storyboarding the User's Experience Chapter 7 - Life Cycle Requirements for Key Business Objects Chapter 8 - Gathering Across-the-Board Rules with Class Diagrams Chapter 9 - Optimizing Consistency and Reuse in Requirements Documentation Chapter 10 - Designing Test Cases and Completing the Project Chapter 11 - What Developers Do with Your Requirements Appendix A - The B.O.O.M Process Appendix B - Business Requirements Document (BRD) Template Appendix C - Business Requirements Document Example: CPP Case Study Appendix D - Decision Table Template Appendix E - Test Script Template Appendix F - Glossary of Symbols Appendix G - Glossary of Terms and Further Reading
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