Enterprise architecture specialists Real IRM have launched a new training course designed for business analysts who are required to use unified modelling language (UML).
The course helps to more closely link the disciplines of business analysis and technical implementation. It empowers analysts with a solid foundation in UML, and allows them to write UML specifications, without being drowned in technical detail.

And it isn’t simply analysts that will benefit from the course. It is equally applicable to product managers, project managers, modellers, designers, as well as quality assurance and testing personnel who are required to read, understand or create basic UML models.

Real IRM CEO Stuart Macgregor explains that traditionally UML courses have been pitched at a highly technical level – too immersive to be useful for analysts.

“This course approaches the subject from a different vantage point – allowing analysts to communicate more effectively with their stakeholders, including software development teams. It empowers analysts to document requirements in a manner that facilitates the traceability to architecture and implementation artefacts.

“In the fields of software engineering and systems design, UML is an essential modelling language – used with increasing frequency as organisations look to digitise their operations and modernise their architectures,” adds Macgregor.

Via interactive, example-led workshops, the course introduces general modelling concepts, covers the background and history of UML, and explores the key concepts of structural and behavioural modelling.

More specifically, the course covers the following five core areas:

* Principles of structural and behavioural modelling;
* Essential UML concepts, terminology and notation;
* The purpose and use of all UML diagrams;
* How UML diagrams are organised, and the relationships between the diagrams; and
* How to use UML to model requirements and their related scenarios.