Streamlyne X Workshops

Educational Workshops For Process Transformation

We offer a wide variety of workshops to address your process transformation needs. For a more detailed description of any of these workshops, pricing, or if you already know which one you want, just reach out to us. Detailed descriptions include: objectives, prerequisites, target audience, and course topics. You are also able to add-on additional days of consulting at the conclusion of each workshop, to continue the momentum towards solving your specific business challenge.

Working With Business Processes

Business processes matter, because business processes are how value is delivered.  Understanding how to work with business processes is now a core skill for business analysts, process and application architects, functional area managers, and even corporate executives. But too often, material on the topic either floats around in generalities and familiar case studies, or descends rapidly into technical details and incomprehensible models. This workshop is different – in a practical way, it shows how to discover and scope a business process, clarify its context, model its workflow with progressive detail, assess it, and transition to the design of a new process by determining, verifying, and documenting its essential characteristics. Everything is backed up with real-world examples, and clear, repeatable guidelines. Our most popular workshop!

Business-Oriented Data Modeling

Data modeling is critical to the design of quality databases, but is also essential to other requirements techniques such as workflow modeling and requirements modeling (use cases and services) because it ensures a common understanding of the things – the entities – that processes and applications deal with.  This workshop introduces entity-relationship modeling from a non-technical perspective, provides tips and guidelines for the analyst, and explores contextual, conceptual, and detailed modeling techniques that maximize user involvement.

Use Cases and Services

Use cases have offered great promise as a requirements definition technique, but many analysts get disappointing results. That’s because published methods are often inconsistent, complex, or focused on internal technical design. This unique workshop clears up the confusion. It shows how to employ use cases to discover external requirements – how users wish to interact with an application – and how to use service specifications to define internal requirements – the validation, rules, and data manipulation performed behind the scenes. Better yet, it shows in concrete terms how the two perspectives interact, and demonstrates synergies with data modeling and business process workflow modeling.

Advanced Business Process Management

We regularly hear about the importance of “alignment” in achieving success when working with business processes, but alignment with what? This workshop provides specific, repeatable techniques to help your business process initiatives align with human factors, organizational culture, and enterprise strategy and goals. Human and organizational concerns are sometimes dismissed as “the soft stuff,” but pragmatic, proven techniques are available and are covered in this unique workshop. Rather than save these concerns for a single “think about people, culture, and strategy” phase, it shows how to incorporate them at every stage, from process identification, scoping, and initial assessment through to modeling, analysis, and design. This long-awaited follow-up to “Working With Business Processes” regularly receives rave reviews.

Advanced Data Modeling

After gaining some practical experience, data modelers encounter situations such as the enforcement of complex business rules, handling recurring patterns, satisfying regulatory requirements to capture complex changes and corrections, dealing with existing databases or packaged applications, integrating with dimensional modeling, and other issues not covered in basic data modeling classes.  This hands-on workshop provides approaches for many advanced data modeling situations, as well as techniques for improving communication between data modelers and subject matter experts.

Integrated Business Analysis and Requirements Definition

Simple, list-based requirements techniques are fine as a starting point, but eventually requirements must be synthesized into a cohesive view of the desired to-be state. Only then will many important, additional requirements emerge. This three-day workshop shows how to accomplish this with an integrated, model-driven framework comprising process workflow models, a unique form of use cases, service specifications, and business-friendly data models. This distinctive approach has succeeded on projects of all types because it is “do-able” by analysts, relevant to business subject matter experts, and useful to developers. It distills the material from our three, two-day workshops on process, data, and use cases & services.

Requirements Modeling

Business Analysts and around the globe are returning to robust but practical modeling techniques because of dissatisfaction with list-based (“the system shall…”) methods. Data modeling in particular is seeing a resurgence since it so effectively improves communication by ensuring a common understanding of the things (the entities) that processes and applications deal with, providing a solid platform on which to build requirements.  This workshop introduces entity-relationship modeling from a non-technical perspective, and integrates it with user stories and use cases to discover external requirements – how users wish to interact with an application – and service specifications to define internal requirements – the validation, rules, and data manipulation performed behind the scenes. The material is drawn from our Data Modeling and Use Cases and Services workshops.

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