Briefing Study Guides and Case Studies
These briefing studies and case studies are aimed
at systems analysts, junior business analysts and degree or diploma
students. Their primary focus is on business systems, their analysis
and the specification of a set of business requirements, all done using
pragmatic approach to the use of the Structured Systems Analysis and
Design Method, SSADM.
They hardly touch on technologies, apart from
covering off Technical Systems Options, which will be generic in
nature. The requirement specifications produced stop just prior to
anything that would be solution specific.
So, if you're into business analysis, systems
analysis, requirements gathering and capture or an IT project
lifecycle, you'll learn something here.
The author, Mark Ridley, has been using SSADM
since 1990, and has spent 18 years as a freelance business analysis
In that time he has seen and has been retained to
correct many instances of a flawed approach to analysis and
specification within in-house IT departments.
What you will find here is a distilled set of
experiences and best practice techniques, applicable to most data
processing environments, within the context of briefing study guides
and case studies.
is what is available right now:
Analysis & Specification
The purpose of this Briefing Study guide is to define an optimal set of
techniques that delivers a Business Requirement Specification to an
external supplier. From the specification and with access to the
users for design decisions, the supplier will be able to prepare a
fixed price quote for the system covering logical design, physical
design, code, build and internal test
Fashion Supplies Feasibility Study
18/02/07 Added Non-functional
aspects. First draft.
The case study presently covers the Terms of Reference, and partial
Dataflow and Logical Data Models. This is a work in progress and mimics
those products' developments in a real project.
Acme Fashion Supplies provide fashion goods, aimed at European and
traditional UK tastes, on a sale-or-return basis. Their customers are
high street shops and other
It uses mainly manual processes with some ad-hoc computer support. Acme
has embarked on a strategy to provide automated and integrated support
to these processes and to embrace the opportunities presented by the
world wide web and the internet.
Pretty much all of the studies and guides use standard
of various sorts. This slide sequence explains the notation used for
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