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Complete Systems Analysis
The Workbook, the Textbook, the Answers

by James Robertson and Suzanne Robertson
foreword by Tom DeMarco

ISBN: 978-0-932633-50-7  
©1998, 1994  624 pages   softcover  
$57.95 (plus shipping)

Subject(s): Data Modeling, Requirements Engineering, Software Design, Systems Analysis

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Learn Analysis or Extend Your Skills with a Detailed Project and a Comprehensive Textbook

About the Book

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 first 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.

Note: This softcover edition replaces the two-volume hardcover edition, ISBN: 0-932633-25-0, which cost US$78.95 postpaid.

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


". . . a masterful job. . . . a thoroughly detailed case study."

Ed Yourdon
Guerrilla Programmer

". . . the Robertsons' theory is heavily integrated with practical exercises. . . . you will appreciate the tremendous effort the Robs have put into making this two-volume set a true learning tool."

 —Warren Keuffel
Software Development

". . . clearly the best book available for teaching modern systems analysis to practitioners."

 —Richard C. Cohen

"The authors make years of practical experience available to the readers, providing valuable guidance to the analyst. . . . This is one well-written book. It succeeds in making a difficult subject easily understandable."

 —Erik Hansen

". . . a wealth of ideas for a manager to use to gain insight about project content, quality, scope, direction, and participants."

 —Verne Thomas Burk
Unisys Corporation

". . . from the very first page, an extraordinary and wonderful page, you will know this book is fundamentally different from any other analysis text you may encounter."

 —Tom DeMarco
Atlantic Systems Guild
from the foreword

Table of Contents
Excerpt: "Your Project Starts Here"
Author Interview

Dorset House Catalog
This Book's Flyer

Also Recommended

Data Model Patterns: Conventions of Thought, by David C. Hay

Data Structured Software Maintenance: The Warnier/Orr Approach, by David A. Higgins

Exploring Requirements: Quality Before Design, by Donald C. Gause and Gerald M. Weinberg

The Practical Guide to Business Process Reengineering Using IDEF0, by Clarence G. Feldmann

Rethinking Systems Analysis & Design, by Gerald M. Weinberg

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