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? [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Most Process Improvement Projects Fail.
Around the world businesses spend vast amounts of time and money trying to tune their existing processes and procedures in order to make their businesses more efficient.
Sadly, in far too many instances their efforts result in no improvement at all or, worse still, in an actual degradation of performance – and always in a huge bill.
All of this can be avoided by first building a Function Model for the business.
[I wrote the following comments in response to a blog that was advocating starting off by modeling the "as is" processes in the business as the starting point for business improvement.] One of the major errors taken in business analysis and modeling is that of modeling the “As Is”, then the “To Be” and then [...]