End of last year we published our BPMN-Poster. The poster is available in German and English, you can get it printed (0,7 x 1 meter) or download it from our website. We distributed it at trade shows and events, and used it inour trainings. The feedbackk is very positive – e.g. “The BPMN big poster was a big hit in my office. Some of my colleagues asked if you have any pdf copy that they can have.”
There are already a good number of BPMN posters around. The most popular is maybe the one from our colleagues in Berlin (BPM-Inititative) which can be ordered e.g. at the singanvio site. Why create a new poster? In short I was not satisfied at all with the existing versions. There are two reasons for this:
- The existing ones focus on notation only.
- They try to show the complete notation.
Both will not work in practice.
We tried another way:
- Content first!
- Select the elements needed by your targed audience,
Instead of asking “Which elements doesn BPMN have and what can we do with it?” reverse the question: “What do we want to show? Does BPMN offer any element for this content?”. It seems a small difference but it isn’t! If we start with the notation we try to solve each and every problem with it. If you hold a hammer in your hand everything looks like a nail. If we ask for the needed content first we can judge if the used notation is suitable for this.
Selection of elements for your target audience: Nobody needs the complete BPMN. The standard already defines different conformance level: Descriptive BPMN, Analytical BPMN, Common Exectuable and Full BPMN. This addresses different audiences, In my opinion it doesn’t make sense to show all levels in one poster. Since I’m at home at the business level I created a poster “BPMN 2.0 for Business Analysts”. That’s a pretty small set of elements! It has also in mind who the addressee of our models is. On the business level this are people usually without a BPMN certification!
If you follow this approach there should be other posters, e.g. BPMN for Workflow Programming. This is not my playgorund. I would be happy to see somebody to go this way.
A Poster is always a short presentation to make some appatite. More knowledge is needed.
If you want to order the printed version of the poster – please contact us (unfortunately shipping is not free). We look forward to feedback and suggestions for improvement.
PS: More on how to adopt notations soon.
First of all – thanks a lot to everybody coming to my presentation on Wednesday. I know how hard this was at 8 am after the All-You-Can-Eat-Texas-Barbecue on Tuesday evening. I’m more than happy about the positive feedback I got. Thanks also for the great questions and feedback after the panel discussion together with Jullien, +Darius Šilingas und Jason.
Many people asked for the presentation and a download for the poster.
You can find the presentation here:
And the poster is at: http://www.enterprise-design.eu/en/knowhow/enterprise-modeling-white-paper-ressources-links?download=57:bpmn-poster-the-other-poster-english
I’m sorry that our English website is behind … if you are interested in news from us stay with the blog (www.row-two.com)
First two days at the No Magic World Conference 2013. Interesting workshops. My favorite so far was +ELISA KENDALL about best practices and lessons learned in ontology engineering.
Very entertaining keynote from +Richard Soley titled “The Modeling Universe”. He gave some good definitions (e.g. legacy systems) and for sure explained the intentions and need for the modeling standards in a good way.
Tonight they offer an All-you-can-eat Texas barbecue. I wonder if anybody will show up tomorrow morning when I have my own presentation.
Review BBC 2012: Thorny Issues in Business Process Modeling by +Darius Šilingas - Part 2
I just had another look into Darius presentation. In one of his first slides he says: “Modeling business processes is easy. Creating good quality process models is difficult. Maintaining process models is a real challenge.”
I couldn’t agree more. We develop models to manage our business. Models are living longer and longer. We have to make sure we can maintain the models. This means also:
- Stop early enough. Often it is not necessary to model on a very fine detail level. If you do so – think about maintenance.
- Be clear about the usage of your models in the long run.
If you use models just for a short benefit – limit your effort and make sure you delete your models as soon as the purpose is fulfilled. If you keep them – make sure they can be maintained!
Review BBC 2012, Ft. Lauderdale: Thorny Issues in Business Process Modeling by Darius Šilingas
+Darius Šilingas from NoMagic gave a presentation which relates a lot to our work about quality of models. I met Darius last year at the BBC after my presentation about model quality and we had a short good discussion. His presentation this year is a great sequel in more detail with regard to Process Models. I enjoyed his presentation a lot and got new ideas for our own work. Especially his view on using pools and lanes is something I didn’t care too much so far.
Darius has some polls about the usage of BPMN elements and attributes running on LinkedIn. Would be great if you vote and comment on this. Login to LinkedIn, go to the BPMN group, look for the polls and vote!
Darius explained a little bit the features in MagicDraw/Cameo supporting model quality to me. I will review this soon and give more comments. If you want to discuss such features with me or Darius or if you are interested in Darius presentation – please contact us.
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