Organizations everywhere are looking at their business processes, some in a casual or ad hoc way, but others becoming truly process-oriented. This is great news for data management professionals with skills in the business process arena. That’s because our goal may be improved data and information, but experience has shown that focusing on business processes is a great way to get the attention and support of the enterprise. After all, business processes are at the heart of what an enterprise does and how it delivers value.
The fly in the ointment is that so many organisations and analysts struggle when working with business processes. From the outset, they fail to properly identify true, end-to-end business processes, and it’s all downhill from there – ignoring the inherent resistance to “all things process,” failing to depict processes and their issues in a compelling way, and not effectively using them to establish context and elicit specific requirements.
This session introduces techniques for working on process-oriented projects, with practical frameworks and tips to get you off to a successful start. It touches on all phases of a project, including introducing business process concepts, discovering processes, scoping and assessing the target process, and modeling processes,. Throughout, we’ll illustrate the interaction between process and data perspectives.
- What people think business processes are, what they really are, and why it matters
- Good news – how a data-oriented approach is invaluable in process discovery
- Bad news – why some of our beloved approaches and frameworks get in the way
- How to make processes visible and the need for improvement compelling yet blame-free
- Workflow mapping, and the essential difference between process and data modeling
Alec Sharp, a senior consultant with Clariteq Systems Consulting, has deep expertise in a rare combination of fields – facilitation, strategy development, business process analysis and redesign, application requirements specification, and, of course, data modeling. His 30 years of hands-on consulting experience, practical approaches, and global reputation in model-driven methods have made him a sought-after resource from Ireland to India, and Washington to Wellington.
He is also a popular conference speaker on the data, process, and business analysis circuits, mixing content and insight with irreverence and humor. Among his many “top-rated of the conference” presentations are “The Lost Art of Conceptual Modeling,” “The Human Side of Data Modeling,” “Getting Traction for ‘Process’ – What the Experts Forget,” “Mind the Gap! – Integrating Process, Data, and Requirements Modeling,” and “Adventures in Reverse-Engineering – What You’ve Got and Why You Don’t Like It.”
At Enterprise Data World 2010, Alec was awarded DAMA’s 2010 Professional Achievement Award. At the recent Building Business Capability 2012 conference, Alec was the highest-rated speaker.
Alec literally wrote the book on business process modeling – he is the principal author of “Workflow Modeling: Tools for Process Improvement and Application Development.” Popular with process improvement professionals, business analysts, and consultants, it is consistently a top-selling title on business process modeling with a “5 star” rating on Amazon.com, and is widely used as an MBA textbook. The completely rewritten second edition was published in 2009.
Alec’s popular workshops, including Working With Business Processes, Data Modeling (introductory and advanced,) Requirements Modeling (with Use Cases and Business Services,) and Integrated Business Analysis and Requirements Definition (“iBARD”), are conducted at many of the world’s best-known organizations. His classes are practical, energetic, and fun, with participants often rating them “the best course I’ve ever taken.”
Contact Alec – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration & Location: Registration Link – coming soon
Networking & Registration @ 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks & Presentation starts at 9 a.m.
The event will be held at:
26 Floor Learning Centre,
1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver