Visual Modeling Essentials

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General Information

Length and Learning Modes: In person classes: 2 days; Virtual classes: four 3.5 hour sessions; Anytime Learning: four 3.5 hour sessions. Prices depend on the mode chosen. Discounts available for teams and for private offerings.

To paraphrase an expert, “If you don’t get the requirements right, nothing else matters on the project.” This course presents many methods, tools, models, and techniques to help elicit and analyze requirements. Participants will practice analyzing and modeling requirements as they work through an engaging case study. In addition, attendees will practice validating their models by conducting numerous walk-throughs.

Students will learn and practice industry-standard modeling types. The categories of models in this class follow the concurrent modeling framework, emphasizing process, data, interaction, and interface requirements. The benefits of concurrent modeling promote quicker and more complete requirements analysis back on the job. 

Previously known as Requirements Modeling Essentials

This course conforms to and aligns with the BABOK® Guide version 3.0 of the IIBA® (International Institute of Business Analysis).

Special Offer

We are dedicated to the skill development of our customers. To support your growth, we encourage you to retake this class as a refresher at no charge (space permitting and travel not included). You are responsible for all materials for any retakes; depending on the time elapsed between classes, it may mean purchasing new materials at a small cost. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a retake.



Participants should have worked on the analysis, development, and maintenance/ enhancement of at least one software application. No technical experience is necessary, but an understanding of applications development is required.

Skill Level: Basic


This workshop is designed to quickly provide essential modeling skills for business analysts, project managers, developers, and anyone involved in software development projects.  It also provides excellent information for business clients and sponsors, quality assurance analysts, and other stakeholders who need or want to learn more about modeling. 

Development Units:
PDUs: 14
CDUs: 14
CEUs: 1.4
Certificate Programs:
  • Associate Certificate in Business Analysis
  • Masters Certificate in Business Analysis


To help assimilate the tools and techniques learned, there is a mixture of individual and group exercises throughout the course. A lively role play and case study help reinforce concepts learned. Students need to be prepared for a high level of participation. Each participant receives a comprehensive student guide complete with examples and workshop solutions.



Requirements Context

  • Introducing the Business Analysis Framework
  • Requirements Defined
  • The Need for Requirements Context
  • Classification of Requirements to go from High-Level to Detailed: Business, Stakeholder, Functional, Non-Functional, Transition, Business Rules with examples
  • Concurrent Requirements Modeling
  • Exercise
  • Introduction to Requirements Analysis through Modeling
  • Survey of Requirements Modeling Techniques
  • Exercise
  • Workshop to understand case study and provide context for modeling

Process Mapping

  • Process Definitions
  • Process Mapping Conventions - Booklet Review
  • The top Nine Process Symbols for virtually every process map
  • Tips and do’s and don’ts for Process Modeling
  • Keeping Focused in Process Modeling Sessions
  • Documenting Process Scope with Scope Diagrams
  • Primary and Alternate Paths Defined
  • Developing Primary and Alternate Paths
  • Variations Parking Lot
  • Process and Tips for Process Modeling
  • Workshop

Modeling Data Requirements

  • Eight-step Process to Model Data Requirements
  • Model Data Requirements to depict:
    • Entities
    • Attributes
    • Relationships
  • Workshop
  • Document Data-Oriented Business Rules
  • Translating Cardinality and Optionality Rules, Referential Integrity Rules, Edit Rules, Attribute Constraints
  • Workshop

Use Cases

  • Purpose and Context of Use Cases
  • Use Case Model and Steps
  • Constructing a Use Case Diagram, including Actors and Associations
  • Workshop
  • Use Case Iterations
  • Narrative Flow of Events
  • Primary, Alternate, and Exception Flows
  • Examples
  • Use Cases and Test Cases
  • Workshop

User Interfaces and Prototyping

  • Interface Requirements in Context
  • UI Planning using a Matrix
  • Actors, Objectives, and Scenarios
  • Best and Worst UIs and Examples
  • Workshop
  • Purpose of Prototyping
  • Prototyping Roles
  • Prototype Review Sessions
  • Prototyping Process and Example
  • Workshop 

Watermark Learning constantly improves its course offerings to ensure the best training possible and to keep you abreast of the latest industry trends. As a result, this outline is subject to change.

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