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New Post 7/12/2007 10:46 AM
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Just Enough Structured Analysis 

For those of you which use elements of structured systems analysis (data flow diagrams, data dictionary, etc.) you may be interested in Ed Yourdon's FREE e-book:

Just Enough Structured Analysis

In this book, Ed covers a number of topics relevant to business systems analysts including:

  • Why systems analysis is more difficult than programming,
  • The role of the systems analyst in a systems development project,
  • Data flow diagrams and data dictionary, ER diagrams,
  • Structured English,
  • etc.
 
New Post 10/11/2007 5:05 AM
User is offline Craig Brown
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Re: Just Enough Structured Analysis 

That is one serious (and fat) free download.  I encourage all analysts, especially new ones to take a read.

Maybe give up a few comments or a review here...

 
New Post 5/16/2008 9:43 AM
User is offline Tony Markos
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Re: Just Enough Structured Analysis 

Just enough analysis - 645 pages?

Tony

 

 
New Post 5/17/2008 5:10 PM
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Re: Just Enough Structured Analysis 

Just a note of caution. Yourdon's techniques have been around since at least the 70's. They are tried and proven. I used them for 15 years. They are just another way of looking at and presenting requirements, functions, etc.

Unfortunately for Yourdon, the industry has moved away from his data driven approach to the behavioural approach espoused in the UML. Yourdon is to Analysis as Cobol is to programming.

Kimbo

 
New Post 5/19/2008 6:15 AM
User is offline Tony Markos
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Re: Just Enough Structured Analysis 

Data flow diagrams are radically different from UML functional modeling techniques (use cases and activity diagrams).   Data flow diagrams were primarily developed to help an analyst avoid forced, artificial partitioning.  The UML techniques pretend that such a problem does not exist.

Tony

 
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