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BPMN In The Real World

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My presentation about how BPMN and process modeling are being used in the real world, on a webinar hosted by Active Endpoints.

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BPMN In The Real World

  1. 1. The State of BPMN ImplementationAn update from the real world<br />Sandy KemsleyKemsley Design Ltd.<br />www.column2.com<br />
  2. 2. BPMN 2.0 Notation Update<br />New task types (good)<br />Data models (finally)<br />New event types (confusing)<br />Subclasses (helps with the confusion)<br />New interaction models (yikes)<br />plus<br />Metamodel and interchange format<br />
  3. 3. BPMN Is Simple...<br />Activity<br />Gateway<br />Event<br />Data<br />
  4. 4. Source: http://bpmb.de/poster<br />
  5. 5. COMPLETE<br />Plus 50 elements<br />DODAF<br />Plus 29 elements<br />DESCRIPTIVE<br />Pool<br />Lane<br />messageFlow<br />userTask<br />serviceTask<br />Re-Usable subProcess<br />dataObject<br />dataInput<br />dataOutput<br />textAnnotation<br />Association<br />dataAssociation<br />dataStore<br />messageStartEvent<br />messageEndEvent<br />timerStartEvent<br />terminateEndEvent<br />SIMPLE<br />sequenceFlow<br />Task (none)<br />subProcess(embed)<br />exclusiveGateway<br />parallelGateway<br />startEvent (none)<br />endEvent (none)<br />BPMN Subclasses<br />Source: Workflow Management Coalition’s “Update on BPMN Release 2.0”<br />
  6. 6. Learning About BPMN 2.0<br />Bruce Silver’s BPMN 2.0 posts: http://www.brsilver.com/wordpress/tag/bpmn-20/<br />BPMN 2.0 update webinar: http://bpm.acrobat.com/p83899988/<br />OMG standards document: http://www.omg.org/spec/BPMN/2.0/(not for the faint of heart)<br />
  7. 7. How Are Process Models Created?<br />On paper/whiteboards/Post-Its<br />In PowerPoint/Word/Excel<br />In Visio (unstructured)<br />In Visio with BPMN template<br />In EA/BPA tool<br />In BPMS tool<br />
  8. 8. Who Is Creating Process Models?<br />End users<br />Business managers<br />Business analysts<br />Process analysts<br />Process engineers<br />System analysts<br />Developers<br />
  9. 9. What’s Wrong With Our Process Models?<br />Inconsistent/nonsensical notation<br />Ambiguity, especially split/merge<br />Improper use of roles<br />Too many words<br />Inappropriate tools<br />Just plain wrong<br />
  10. 10. Process ModelHall of Shame<br />Sorry, redacted <br />
  11. 11. Doing BPMN Right<br />Case study: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada<br />Getting started:<br />Process modeling for governance, not execution<br />Selected BPMN over IDEF and UML for business focus<br />Simulated processes to convince financial management of value<br />
  12. 12. BPMN at HRSDC<br />Internal methodology for process modeling and BPMN<br />Using BPA tool for modeling and publishing<br />Internal BPMN training of ~140 people<br />Simulation training of ~3 people<br />Using desktop sharing software for mentoring<br />
  13. 13. HRSDC BPMN Diagram<br />
  14. 14. What Can Go Wrong<br />No formal recognition of process modeling as a discipline<br />No process modeling methodology<br />Lack of aptitude and/or training<br />Lack of mentoring<br />IT taking complete ownership of process modeling<br />
  15. 15. What Makes BPMN Work<br />Overcome “belief gap” to convince people of benefits<br />Develop a methodology to accompany the notation<br />Identify people with aptitude/interest<br />Train different personas on different BPMN subclasses<br />Maintain BPMN guru for mentoring<br />

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