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Archive | 2012

Information Gathering 2: Analysis Workshops – The Key to Detail

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

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Information Gathering 1: Strategic Interviews the Foundation of Success

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 […]

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If I Wanted to Get to Dublin I Wouldn’t Start from Here: Part 1

It seems that most Master Data Management (MDM) projects are starting in the wrong place and heading in the wrong direction! They fail to build and use that essential and most powerful of MDM tools, the Logical Data Model (LDM).

This approach is about as productive and effective as building a ship without a keel!

This is the first of three posts that explain what the problems are and how top avoid them.

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The As Is Logic Chasm

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.

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Process Modelling or Process Mapping?

There is constant confusion between process modelling and process mapping.  The following are a set of definitions that will help dispel the confusion and provide other definitions that will help you produce better business models. Process The definition of the order of execution of a series of Business Functions in response to a Business Trigger in […]

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Customer & Supplier are Roles – But What Type?

Customer & Supplier are NOT Master Data Entities in Master Data Management (MDM). They are in fact Roles that can be played by the entity Third Party. But are there roles derivable or declarative, i.e. must they be declared and defined? Using the concept of declarative Roles allows unlimited number of Roles to be defined for any third party over time.

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