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An As-Is business analyst suggering from MAIM (Manis As-Is Modeling) or asisitis.

Should As-Is Modeling to be a Notifiable Disease?

Not Insanity or an Illness? For very many years now, most rational analysts have been bewildered by the bizarre and irrational behaviour of As-Is BAs (and some senior executives) who, in spite of the overwhelming evidence that As-Is Process Modeling is a fatally flawed approach to business improvement, persist on inflicting it on enterprises everywhere. […]

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New IMM eBook on Procedure Modeling launched 12 August 2013

New IMM Procedure Modeling eBook launched!

The eBook IMM Business Procedure Modeling, the long awaited fifth book in the Integrated Modeling Method suite was launched through the IMM Online Store at 10am EDT today. This book  introduces you to, and walks you step-by-step through, the use of a complete set of very powerful  modeling techniques that will enable you to rapidly […]

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New IMM eBook on Procedure Modeling launched 12 August 2013

New IMM Book on Business Procedure Modeling coming out on 12 Aug – SAVE 25%

My new book on Business Procedure Modeling, the fifth eBook in the IMM series, will be published on Monday 12 August 2013. This book will introduce you to a complete set of key techniques that will enable you to rapidly build fully tuned and optimized Business Procedures for enterprises of any size in any sector. […]

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Business and data definitions give direction to an enterprise.

160 Pragmatic, High Quality Definitions for Business and Data Analysts

Quality Practice Begins with Quality Definitions Sadly, in the worlds of business and data analysis and modeling good definitions are hard to find, bad definitions abound and misunderstanding and misuse of even the most fundamental terms is commonplace. I am a perfectionist. I am passionate about quality and want to deliver it to my clients […]

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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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Business Modelling Architecture

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.

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Procedure Modelling eBook

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.

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Five Fatal Errors for Business Analysts

Proper business analysis can bring untold benefits to a business by bring power through simplicity and enabling quality information systems to be built to support and accelerate business success. Bad business can bring untold misery to a business and can lock the staff inside complicated and inefficient procedures supported by poor information systems that severely […]

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Process, Function, Mechanism, Procedure: Which One?

[This post also comes as a Podcast - Please scroll to bottom of page] One of the greatest areas for confusion in the world of business systems modeling is the terminology used to name the activities performed by a business. Are these activities Processes, Functions, Mechanisms or Procedures? The answer is “all of the above”.  Does this mean that these […]

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What is Procedure Modeling?

Process Models show the order in which Business Functions are carried out.  Procedure Models show the detail of HOW the functions within the process are carried out. Procedure Modeling is the ideal technique to use when you want to show the detailed actions for a post of position when executing a step (Business Function) within […]

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