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Select Lectures - Modeling Methods & Techniques

The Modeling Methods and Techniques module set describes modeling the business and business systems, using a variety of techniques

This module set comprises six video modules.

Each module is shipped on a DVD for viewing on a computer only (see technical requirements).

Conventional Methods of Software Engineering

Why do we model systems?  The ultimate answer is to improve them, in line with some business objective.  There are other shorter answers:

  • to model what the business does now
  • to understand the system
  • to identify its problems and shortcomings
  • to identify requirements
  • to specify an improved system

We’ll look at all of these as we use some splendid techniques to model the system.  These techniques have been used in IT for decades, are well tried and tested, and despite the increasing popularity of UML, are still preferred by many business and system analysts today.

Duration: 3 hours
Price: $149
Order Code: SBS-VBT-08

Strategic Business Modeling

The aim of every computer system should be to provide some value to the organisation for which it has been built: that value being some saving of costs, or improvement in efficiency or quality of service. The recognition of that business value is important to the success of the project, and has, historically, been one of the more difficult factors to define to such a degree that both the business sponsors and the systems developers can understand the motivation behind the project.

Development of various techniques to define and model system requirements and analysis has helped to bridge the gap between the business as an entity and the systems which help to run it. However, techniques such as business process modelling, while clearly helping to identify What the business does, How and When it does it, and Who is responsible for different aspects of the business activities, still fails to cover the important topic of Why the business does what it does.

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Price: $99
Order Code: SBS-VBT-13

Business Process Modeling

Business Process Modeling is the derivation of formal descriptions of Business Processes from the informal descriptions of those processes given by members of the organization who are directly involved in executing the processes.

Formal modeling of the business processes gives a common understanding of the important processes and serves as a basis from which Business and System change can be coordinated.

In this module we look at:

  • Why model: the reasons behind providing business process models (BPMs)
  • What’s in a model: the key graphical symbols for the various entities displayed in a BPM
  • How to model: works through an example to show the activities, techniques, tips, and traps of process modeling
  • Where to go next: moving from the model to outlining the system requirements

Duration: 2 hours 50 minutes
Price: $149
Order Code: SBS-VBT-14

UML Information Structure

In this module we examine the techniques available in the Unified modeling Language or UML for the modeling of information, concentrating specifically on the static elements of systems rather than the behavioral.
In addition to the details of concepts and notations, we spend some time understanding the background to the UML – both in terms of the historical development of software modeling, and of the specific efforts which combined to form the UML.

Duration: 2 hours 56 minutes
Price: $149
Order Code: SBS-VBT-11

Developing the Behavioural Model (UML)

This module on developing the UML behavioral model describes how we further develop the model that we have created from a static view of a system (the Information Structure) into a rich and dynamic model that shows interactions between the users and the system.

Duration: 2 hours 50 minutes
Price: $149
Order Code: SBS-VBT-12

 Model-Driven Development

In this module on model driven development we examine two approaches to the use of models to assist in the development of computer systems. In each case the purpose of the modeling is the same, to allow the complexities of the system to be represented in a more abstract, and therefore more understandable fashion.

Duration: 3 hours 43 minutes
Price: $199
Order Code: SBS-VBT-26