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This is the digital version of the printed book (Copyright © 1998, 1994).

In a fundamentally new approach, Complete Systems Analysis teaches everything you need to know about analyzing systems: the methods, the models, the techniques, and more.

A definitive text on modern systems analysis techniques is combined with an extensive case study to give readers hands-on experience in completing an actual analysis ...

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This is the digital version of the printed book (Copyright © 1998, 1994).

In a fundamentally new approach, Complete Systems Analysis teaches everything you need to know about analyzing systems: the methods, the models, the techniques, and more.

A definitive text on modern systems analysis techniques is combined with an extensive case study to give readers hands-on experience in completing an actual analysis project.

Readers proceed through each step of a full-scale analysis project, analyzing the complex requirements of a television station’s airtime programming department. Each phase of the case study and each exercise in the textbook section is thoroughly explained in separate review and answer sections.

An innovative Trail Guide system–inspired by the difficulty levels marked on ski trails–encourages readers to follow a sequence that suits their skill level. Beginners follow the full trail while experienced analysts fill in gaps in their training, refresh their understanding of key concepts, and practice their skills. Managers review key concepts but can skip the detailed work with models.

The book shows how analysis is used for object-oriented implementation, and how event-response data flow models and entity-relationship data models are complementary, not competing, models.

Complete Systems Analysis adapts to the reader’s needs and provides an appropriate learning path for the beginner, with a more direct route for experienced analysts wanting to make better use of today’s techniques. Since its initial publication in 1994 as a two-volume set in hardcover, this highly acclaimed text–released in 1998 as a single, softcover volume–has served as a course text in classes throughout the world.

Topics include

  • Analysis Models
  • Data Flow Diagrams
  • Data Viewpoint
  • Data Models
  • Leveled Data Flow Diagrams
  • Current Physical Viewpoint
  • Building the Data Dictionary
  • Strategy: Focusing on the Essentials
  • Identifying Events
  • Modeling an Event Response
  • Writing Mini Specifications
  • CRUD Check
  • Modeling New Requirements
  • New Physical Viewpoint
  • Object-Oriented Viewpoint
  • Strategy: Toward Implementation
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Editorial Reviews

A comprehensive two-volume set that combines a text on modern analysis techniques with an extensive case study that offers the experience of working through a complete analysis project. The authors first explain the philosophy, methods, models, and techniques of analysis, and then apply them to an intricate case study based on an actual project they executed for a British television company. "Trail guides" allow readers to work through the volumes in a sequence based on their level of experience, including a special trail sequence for those who want a refresher course on modern analysis techniques without working through the project modeling. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133492293
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 7/29/2013
  • Series: Dorset House eBooks
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 789,817
  • File size: 24 MB
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Meet the Author

Suzanne Robertson and James Robertson have, over many years, helped hundreds of companies improve their requirements techniques and move into the fast lane of system development. Their courses and seminars on requirements, analysis, and design are widely praised for their innovative approach. The Robertsons are London-based principals of The Atlantic Systems Guild, an international consultancy specializing in the human dimensions of complex system building. They are also the coauthors of Mastering the Requirements Process, Third Edition (Addison-Wesley, 2012), and are the developers of the Volere requirements techniques.
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Table of Contents

>Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

Section 1: The Project 1

Chapter 1.l: Your Project Starts Here 3

Chapter 1.2: Start with the Context 15

Chapter 1.3: What About the Business Data? 20

Chapter 1.4: The Piccadilly Organization 23

Chapter 1.5: Building the Data Dictionary 33

Chapter 1.6: Selling the Airtime 39

Chapter 1.7: Strategy: Focusing on the Essentials 45

Chapter 1.8: Identifying Events 49

Chapter 1.9: Modeling an Event Response 53

Chapter 1.10: Refining an Event Response 55

Chapter 1.11: Writing Mini Specifications 58

Chapter 1.12: Another Event Response 60

Chapter 1.13: More Events 65

Chapter 1.14: Some New Requirements 69

Chapter 1.15: CRUD Check 72

Chapter 1.16: Strategy: Toward Implementation 75

Chapter 1.17: Piccadilly’s New Environment 79

Chapter 1.18: Analysis Strategy 91

Section 2: The Textbook 103

Chapter 2.1: Analysis Models 105

Chapter 2.2: Data Flow Diagrams 113

Chapter 2.3: A Variety of Viewpoints 130

Chapter 2.4: Data Viewpoint 138

Chapter 2.5: Data Models 145

Chapter 2.6: More on Data Flow Diagrams 174

Chapter 2.7: Leveled Data Flow Diagrams 193

Chapter 2.8: Current Physical Viewpoint 209

Chapter 2.9: Data Dictionary 220

Chapter 2.10: Essential Viewpoint 235

Chapter 2.11: Event-Response Models 245

Chapter 2.12: Mini Specifications 278

Chapter 2.13: Modeling New Requirements 299

Chapter 2.14: New Physical Viewpoint 307

Chapter 2.15: Object-Oriented Viewpoint 332

Section 3: Project Reviews 345

Chapter 3.1: Review: Start with the Context 347

Chapter 3.2: Review: What About the Business Data? 353

Chapter 3.3: Review: The Piccadilly Organization 369

Chapter 3.4: Review: Building the Data Dictionary 377

Chapter 3.5: Review: Selling the Airtime 387

Chapter 3.6: Complete Current Physical Model 394

Chapter 3.7: Review: Identifying Events 431

Chapter 3.8: Review: Modeling an Event Response 438

Chapter 3.9: Review: Refining an Event Response 441

Chapter 3.10: Review: Writing Mini Specifications 447

Chapter 3.11: Review: Another Event Response 451

Chapter 3.12: Review: More Events 463

Chapter 3.13: Review: Some New Requirements 516

Chapter 3.14: Review: CRUD Check 521

Section 4: Textbook Solutions 529

Chapter 4.1: Solutions: Analysis Models 531

Chapter 4.2: Solutions: Data Flow Diagrams 533

Chapter 4.3: Solutions: Data Models 540

Chapter 4.4: Solutions: More on Data Flow Diagrams 544

Chapter 4.5: Solutions: Leveled Data Flow Diagrams 552

Chapter 4.6: Solutions: Data Dictionary 555

Chapter 4.7: Solutions: Event-Response Models 561

Chapter 4.8: Solutions: Mini Specifications 572

Bibliography 575

Glossary 582

Index 593

Trail Guide 611

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