A recent post I made called “How ‘As-Is’ BAs Deliver ‘Has-Been’ Enterprises” has resulted in a lot of discussion both on this blog and in Linkedin. One of the major things to emerge from all of this discussion is the confusion that exists regarding clear definitions for the fundamental elements of Business Analysis and Modelling. [...]
Spread across the world, there is an army of BAs that are daily sending enterprises backwards in time and building ever higher walls between them and the future. Are these BAs dedicated industrial saboteurs? Far from it! Most are actually conscientious, hard working and well meaning. So, how can they be doing so much damage? [...]
The purpose of analysis workshops is to add detail to the information gathered during strategic one-to-one interviews with senior executives. They are NOT the starting point for analysis.
The content of this post is an excerpt from the eBook IMM Function Modelling
The one-to-one strategic in-depth interview is the most effective means of gathering information from senior directors and senior executives and are the foundation of all successful system development and business improvement projects. The following content is an excerpt from the eBook IMM Function Modelling The purpose of one-to-one strategic in-depth interviews is to find out [...]
This post is an extract from the book I am currently writing on Procedure Modelling. The book explains the approach to take in order to build quality Procedures and the pitfalls to avoid when doing so. One of the pitfalls is what I call the ‘As Is Logic Chasm’, into which so many BAs and business managers fall.
I am just starting to write Procedure Modelling, the fifth book in the series for the Integrated Modelling Method. The purpose of this book is to define Procedure Modelling and how it differs from Process Modelling. To define in detail the elements of a procedure, i.e. triggers and outcomes, controls, method, knowledge, skills, resources and evidence. To show step-by-step how to do Procedure Modelling. I would love your input. Have a look at the full post and tell me what you think.
At first glance the subject and practice of Data Quality can seem hugely complex and about as difficult to unravel as the Gordian Knot. The main reason for this is that most of the current efforts in this area go into trying to clean up the data quagmires that are created daily because the Five [...]
Do We Need a Data Quality Profession? In a recent article on Data Quality Arkady Maydanchik was suggesting that a key solution to the current data quality issues that plague business everywhere is the creation of a dedicated Data Quality profession. In a reply to the article I suggested that, far from solving the problems, the [...]
Postal addresses present data database developers with a constant challenge. Traditional approaches fail, either because they hard code in inadequate structures, or they provide the chaos of no structure at all. Generic data modeling can overcome both of these shortcomings and enable to expand and grow into multinational markets.
Is This a Silly Question? Before we can say what business process modeling is we need to know what a Business Process is! This may seem like stating the obvious, however, “process” is one of the most widely misunderstood and misused terms in business and business modeling! Managers and analysts alike often use the term [...]