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Structured Systems Analysis and Design
Mainframe Training Overview

The ANALYSIS PORTION presents the MAJOR Structured System Analysis TOOLS used to improve the requirements definition / analysis activities of a project - Data Flow Diagrams, Data Dictionary, Processing Specifications, Data Structure Diagrams.

The STRUCTURED ANALYSIS WORKSHOP sessions provide opportunities to practice the use of these major tools.

The DESIGN PORTION of the class discusses the use of (the major Structured System Design tool) the Structure Chart.

Two STRATEGIES are discussed for developing Structure Charts based on Data Flow Diagrams (Transaction- and Transform-Centered).

Several QUALITY standards are discussed for determining the "correctness" of a Structure Chart.

A STRUCTURED DESIGN WORKSHOP is used to practice developing Structure Charts; and determine of their "correctness".

Mainframe Training Learning Objectives

After successful completion the attendee will be able to -

  • Discuss how Structured Systems Analysis overcomes the shortcomings of the "classical" systems development
  • List the tools of Structured Analysis and describe their use
  • Develop Data Flow Diagrams and describe their components
  • Define different system components in the Data Dictionary
  • Document system needs in a Structured Specification
  • Revise and refine Structure Charts
  • List and describe the quality standards for Structure Charts
  • Determine Case Study quality using "Goodness" Criteria
  • List the major considerations of Packaging, Implementation, Optimization, and Management
Mainframe Training Audience

Structured Systems Analysis and Design is intended for information systems professionals who are involved in the analysis of needs and the definition of systems.

Mainframe Training Prerequisites

Familiarity with Systems Analysis is helpful but not required.

Mainframe Training Course duration

5 days

Mainframe Training Course outline

Day 1 - Analysis Introduction
 
        1. Structured Systems Analysis

                Why "Structured" Systems Analysis ?

                The Structured (Systems) Specification (Document)

                The Tools of Structured Analysis

        2. Data Flow Diagrams (Flow of Data)

                Workshop - Dataflow Diagrams

Day 2 - Analysis (Continued)
 
        3. Processing Specifications (Mini-Specs)

                Workshop - Mini-Specs

        4. Data Dictionary (Definition of Terms)

                Workshop - Data Dictionary

                Case Study - Structured Analysis

                Workshop - Case Study - Structured Analysis Tools

Day 3 - Design
 
        5. Structured Design

                Why "Structured" Systems Design ?

                Graphic Tools

        6. Tools - The Structure Chart

                Workshop - The Structure Chart

        7. Qualities of a Good Design

                Workshop - Quality Analysis

                Case Study - Structured Design

                Workshop - Case Study - Structure Design Tools

Day 4 - Design (Continued)
 
        Case Study - Structured Design (Continued)

                Workshop - Case Study - Structure Design Tools

        8. Transform Analysis/Transaction Analysis

                Workshop - Transaction Analysis

Day 5 - Case Study
 
        Case Study - Presentation

                Workshop - Case Study - Structure Design Tools

        9. Implementation

                Packaging

                Implementation

                Optimization

        10. Management Aspects of the Structured Approach

        11. Case Study Workshop

                Workshop - Case Study - Presentation Preparation

        12. Course Summary

Appendices
 
        Walkthroughs: Guidelines & Checklist

        Structure Chart Symbols

        Structured Design Quality Guidelines


 
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