Advanced Use Case Modeling
- 14 CDU/1.4 CEU/14 PDU/Credits/Units
- BA118aCourse Code
- This course is part of the Business Analysis Advanced Certificate Program, a comprehensive program for business analysts that want to expand their knowledge in strategic project management issues.
A use case is a description of how a system interacts with one or more external entities called actors. Use case diagrams show collections of actors and use cases and how they all interact, and they therefore, through iterative refinement, they help stakeholders to review and agree upon the scope of a system.
When it comes to use case analysis, the use case diagram is only the "the tip of the iceberg" from the business analyst’s (BA’s) point of view. In fact, the vast majority of the BA’s time is spent not on use case diagrams, but deep inside the use cases, with the scenarios and other details that are inside the use cases. A complete use case model contains use case diagrams, text specifications of the use case details, and may be supported by other types of diagrams like activity diagrams, sequence diagrams and class diagrams. This course builds upon the associated tasks and techniques introduced in its prerequisites, BA111: Core Competencies for the Business Analyst and BA114: Model and Document Your Project Requirements, by addressing why, how, when, and by whom use cases are used during the project life cycle.
Throughout the course practical tasks and techniques are presented to equip the BA with the skills and knowledge required to develop an initial use case diagram, determine conceptual business objects, develop detailed use case descriptions with alternate and exception flows, model extend and include relationships, add supplemental information including priorities, non-behavioral requirements, and business rules, and organize the wealth of requirements-related information captured by the complete set of use cases. Two case studies are integrated into the course to allow participants to view demonstrations of work products and techniques and then apply learned skills within a consistent context. Much of the class time is devoted to exercises in which participants can practice the skills being taught. To support learning back at the office, the Participant Guide includes dozens of job aids that are referenced throughout the course and available to the participant after training; these include work product templates and samples, as well as checklists for processes and best practices. Key characteristics that differentiate this course from others include:
Mapping to the IIBA Body of Knowledge
Corporate Education Group (CEG) is designated by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) as a Charter Endorsed Education Provider. As the activities and techniques of iterative projects are explored in this course, they are compared (when applicable) to the corresponding coverage of the activities and techniques within the Knowledge Areas of IIBA's current Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK).
Two case studies are integrated into the course to allow participants to view demonstrations of work products and techniques and then apply learned skills within a consistent context. Much of the class time is devoted to exercises in which participants can practice the skills being taught.
In addition, near the end of the course, a completed case study is demonstrated, illustrating and summarizing the best practices of writing effective use cases that are covered throughout the course.
The course is written and delivered by professionals with extensive experience in business analysis.
The Participant Guide includes dozens of job aids that are referenced throughout the course and available to the participant after training;these include work product templates and samples, as well as checklists for processes and best practices.
Who should attend
The course is intended to serve several audiences and meet a variety of needs. The material in the course is directed at both the novice looking to enter the field and the self-taught veteran looking to fill gaps in his or her skills or knowledge.
The course assumes preliminary knowledge of activity diagrams and object models; supplemental information is provided via Participant Guide appendices for those who lack this prerequisite knowledge. BA111: Core Competencies for the Business Analyst and BA114: Model and Document Your Project Requirements may also be taken as prerequisites to provide this foundational knowledge.
Individuals who perform business analysis in organizations are known by various titles including business analyst, systems analyst, business/systems analyst, functional analyst, project manager, and tester. Individuals who will benefit from this course include:
- Entry-level business analysts and their managers
- Self-taught business analysts requiring a course that fills in the gaps and puts all the pieces together
- Systems analysts and programmers interested in expanding their roles into the business area
- Project managers
What you will achieve
- Understand why, how, when, and by whom use cases are used during the project lifecycle.
- Understand how the treatment of use cases varies depending on a project’s methodology (sequential or iterative) and process rigor (disciplined or agile).
- Develop an initial use case diagram and determine/refine conceptual business objects.
- Develop use case descriptions.
- Elaborate use case descriptions with alternate and exception flows.
- Model extend, include, and generalization relationships.
- Add supplemental information to the use case model, including priorities, non-behavioral requirements, and business rules.
- Organize the use case, identify use case dependencies, and develop the system use case model.
- Incorporate best practices of use case models.
What you will learn
- Capturing project scope and requirements with use cases
- Use cases in context: relationships to planning, estimation, design, development, quality assurance, training, user acceptance testing, and customer support
- Kickoff meeting and preliminary scope
- Use cases and context diagrams
- Conceptual business objects
- Approaches to analysis: broad/shallow and narrow/deep
- Actors and Triggers
- Pre-conditions and Post-conditions
- Use case briefs
- Basic flows
- Alternate and exception flows
- Expanded use cases and activity diagrams
- Relationship to business rules and project requirements
- Include and extend relationships
- Use case priorities
- Non-functional requirements
- Interface analysis
- Use cases and object models
- Use case dependencies
- Organizing the use case model
- Best practices of use case development
- Extraction of system use cases from business use cases
- Module 1: Understand Use Case Essentials
- Essential Concepts
- Modeling Requirements with Use Cases
- Module 2: Use Cases
- Actors and Initial Use Cases
- Role Maps
- Gathering Requirements Through Use Case Analysis
- Use Case Workshops
- Module 3: Analyze Use Cases
- Use Case Template
- Describing the Basic Flow
- Module 4: Account for Alternate and Exception Flows
- Describing Alternate and Exception Flows
- Relationship of Use Cases to Activity Diagrams
- Module 5: Model Complex Use Cases
- Model Include Relationships
- Model Extend Relationships
- Module 6: Build a Requirements Model
- Use Case Prioritization
- Mapping Use Cases to Class Models
- Linking Use Cases to Detailed Requirements and Business Rules
- Module 7: Manage Use Case Models
- Organizing the Use Case Model
- Use Case Patterns
- Best Practices
- Reviewing Use Cases
- Module 8: Leveraging Business Use Cases
- Using Business Use Cases to Model Business Processes
- Extracting System Use Cases from Business Use Cases
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