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 Business Function Model is the single most powerful business model that an enterprise can have, for this reason it is an essential tool for every Business Analyst and ought be at the core of every Enterprise Architecture. If you’re sceptical about this claim, have a look at the key benefits of the Function Model listed [...]
Business Functions are the CORE activities of every enterprise – more vital than Processess!! …
Quality Processesdeliver the right Outcome to every business Trigger!!
Link Function, Process and Data using Information Flow Models…
This may come as a surprise to many involved in Data Quality but, wait for it, there are no such things as data rules! By looking at data you can never deduce or define a rule that dictates that one entity should be related to another or that a value of an attribute of an entity has to be, in a certain format and have limits to its value. So what does dictate data content, structure, format and constraints?
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All good analysis and modelling is achieved by starting in the right place, and that place is with the core activities of the enterprise – the Business Functions. If you have not started in the right place, then you need to know how to get back there. The Hierarchy of Models shown in the diagram in this post will enable you to do this.
If you are working on any model and have not built the preceding model(s) then you are not going to achieve a Quality outcome. For example, if you are modelling Processes and have not yet built your Function Model, then you are in trouble. This failure to first model Functions is one of the main reasons why most BPM projects fail to deliver.
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.
Have some Data Quality practitioners lost the plot? When recently reading an article by a DQ practitioner I was tempted to think so. “You have amassed all of this master data and you must now make sure that you totally organise your whole business around feeding and maintaining it.” It’s a bit like all of the bees in a hive being expected to be totally dedicated to feeding and protecting the queen bee; to be an unquestioning and dedicated collective. Data is everything! Data must be served! Well, and this may shock some people, data is not everything!