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Advanced Data Modeling - Two Day Workshop - Alec Sharp

  • September 14, 2010
  • 8:00 AM
  • September 15, 2010
  • 5:00 PM
  • Best Western Executive Inn - 200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle


  • Includes continental breakfast and lunch both days and all workshop materials.

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Advanced Data Modeling

A two-day workshop, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 14th and 15th.

DAMA-Puget Sound is proud to welcome back Alec Sharp for the fourth workshop in his popular modeling series.  After extremely successful Process Modeling, Data Modeling and Requirements Modeling in 2008 and 2009, we're kicking off the 2010-2011 year with Advanced Data Modeling! You won't want to miss this high ROI dynamic workshop!


It does not take long in the field for data modelers to encounter situations such as the enforcement of complex business rules, handling recurring patterns, dealing with existing databases or packaged applications, and other issues not covered in introductory data modeling classes.  This intense, participative workshop provides approaches for many advanced data modeling situations, as well as techniques for improving communication between data modelers, business analysts, designer/developers, and subject matter experts.

There are experienced data modelers out there who somehow develop accurate and stable models that are actually used, often in non-typical or high-pressure situations. They get the job done without wasted effort, maintain the involvement and respect of the subject matter experts, and – worst of all! – make it look easy. Others modelers might have great technical skills, but fare poorly, maintaining tense relationships with content experts and developers who “just don’t get it,” and watching in dismay as their models are continually undone by “new” requirements.

What accounts for the difference? Magic? Luck? Better tools? No – it’s having a concrete set of frameworks, methods, techniques, scripts, heuristics, and other tools that they draw on to keep the process moving, with everyone engaged, even when complex, difficult situations are encountered.  And that’s what we’ll cover in this full, but fun, two-day workshop – specific, repeatable techniques that you can use to drive your data modeling skills to the next level.

Three main themes will be explored:

  1. The technical side of data modeling - getting better at modeling difficult, complex situations
  2. Developing and using data models in new ways, and in conjunction with other techniques
  3. The human side of data modeling - improving processes and communication skills

Topics will be covered with a discussion of the issue, a review of techniques, guidelines and examples, a brief workshop exercise, and a group solution and debriefing. The emphasis is on maximizing the delivery of content while keeping everyone engaged - the workshop has recently been extensively redesigned to focus on the topics that data modeling professionals have continually rated as the most concrete and useful.

Alec Sharp has managed his own consulting and education business, Clariteq Systems Consulting Ltd., for 25 years. Serving clients from Ireland to Illinois to India, Alec’s expertise includes facilitation, strategy development, application requirements specification, data management, and of course, business process improvement. His popular workshops and conference presentations on these topics, conducted globally, unfailingly receive “excellent” ratings. Alec is the principal author of “Workflow Modeling” (Artech House, 2001) which is widely used as a university text and is consistently a best-selling book in the field.

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