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Introduction to BPMN 2: process glossary

 
Yvette Schat
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Hi Jim & Ila,

What is the first thing you would do if there is nothing but regular
business supported by classic applications without any BPMN tools?

Would you map all the processes first, the most important first?

Thank you,

Yvette
 
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Hi Yvette,

I would first identify the processes, then categorise them. A good way to categorise them is to use a Boston square:

Importance | High | Low |
...........| Low. | High|
................Risk

The best way to start is to choose a project that is high importance, but low risk. By low risk, I mean one that should be relatively to process model. The reason you choose high importance is to make the case for process modelling. So the project is relatively easy, and likely to succeed, but highly visible because it is high importance. If it was low importance, no one would care - so why bother. The worst case scenario is high risk, high importance, and this should be avoided until you are very comfortable in your modelling approach. Hope this helps.
 
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Hi,

I haven't done that before with the Boston square.

I guess it's preparatory work that you don't touch upon in your training course?

Kind regards,

Yvette
 
Yvette Schat
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I quickly gooooogled, but the hits were irrelevant.

Can you please share a link to some info on the Boston square?

Thank you, kind regards,

Yvette
 
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No - I do not cover it in the course or book. t is not a BPMN or UML technique, just something that you use in business. There is some more information here:

www.hull.ac.uk/php/cesagh/documents/TheBostonSquare.rtf

As you can see, there is nothing to it. It is just a quick way of categorising a project in terms of risk/reward. You want a project that is low risk/high reward to begin your BPMN work.
 
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Ah yes, that is simple indeed.

Thank you,

Yvette
 
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