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UML Business Analysis

August 5, 2009
UML Business Analysis (UML BA) is the discipline that bridges the gap between Business Experts (Sponsors or Stakeholders) and IT Experts. It brings business knowledge, policies and rules to the supporting Information System.
UML Business Analysis in a new approach to Business Analysis, that delivers much superior specifications, faster and cheaper. The key advantages of UML Business Analysis come from the usage of Unifies Modeling Language, that contains significant (UML), the standard notation that combines flexibility with strong formal semantics.
Better Understanding by Designers / Developers
UML is well known to IT professionals with software development background, so UML-based specifications will be well understood by Architects, Designers and Developers. With conventional Business Analysis, significant time is lost to writing specifications, and then even more time is usually spent by Software Developers reading the specifications and translating them to UML. With UML Business Analysis, the specifications deliver precise information, in the form that is directly usable by Developers.
Interactive Business Analysis Techniques
Some of the most effective techniques for Business Analysis include Interactive Modeling Workshops and Pair Modeling. With both techniques, Stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts actively participate in producing the requirements, acting as co-authors rather than reviewers.
Visual Modeling is critical for Interactive Business Analysis techniques. The slow speed of writing text-based specifications makes interactive recording of the requirements impossible.
UML Business Analysis and Use Case Modeling
Proper UML Business Modeling is not limited to Use Cases as with less advanced approaches. It captures key elements of Business Domain, Business Processes, organization¬タルs communication structure and other critical information.
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