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BPMN Method and Style is the authoritative source on process modeling with the BPMN 2.0 standard.  The first half of the book is addressed to process modelers – business process analysts, business architects, BPM project team members, as well as developers – and focuses on the graphical notation.  It explains Method and Style’s driving principle – that the process logic should be described unambiguously, completely, and consistently from the diagram alone – and presents a methodology and style rules to achieve it.  Based on years of experience of delivering BPMN Method and Style training, the book is now available in German, Spanish, and Japanese editions.  More info on the book…

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The book explains how fundamental BPMN concepts like “activity” and “process” differ from those terms as used in BPM Architecture and associated business process frameworks.  It shows how BPMN style, described in the first edition as “best practices”, is more effectively implemented as a set of rules that are validated in a BPMN tool.  It continues the levels-based approach of the first edition – Level 1 being a basic working set of shapes and symbols familiar to business people from traditional flowcharting, and Level 2 a somewhat expanded set supporting event-triggered behavior – but makes slight adjustments to each level to match the Descriptive (Level 1) and Analytic (Level 2) Process Modeling Conformance subclasses in the final BPMN 2.0 spec.

The second half of the book, the BPMN Implementer’s Guide, is primarily addressed to developers and tool vendors, although analysts and architects will benefit from it as well.  It explains the BPMN 2.0 metamodel and XML serialization.  The first part of the BPMN Implementer’s Guide focuses on non-executable models using elements of the Analytic subclass (Level 2 palette) only, explaining the meaning and usage of the various XML elements and attributes.  The second part discusses executable BPMN 2.0 and the serialization of data mapping, service tasks, human task assignment, and similar details.  It presents an example using Bonita Open Solution to illustrate the relationship between executable design in a real BPM Suite and its representation in the BPMN 2.0 export.  It concludes with recommendations to implementers for aligning executable BPMN 2.0 with Method and Style. The BPMN Implementer’s Guide is logically a separate book, but a number of its ideas flow naturally from Method and Style, so the simplest thing was to combine them.

dmnbook270DMN Method and Style is the authoritative source on decision modeling with the DMN 1.1 standard, they key to Business Decision Management.  Business Decision Management is a technology-assisted practice of defining, analyzing, and maintaining the decision logic that drives interactions with customers, suppliers, and employees.  For many years, subject matter experts created text-based “requirements” and handed them over to programmers for implementation on a Business Rule Engine.  The Decision Model and Notation (DMN) now offers a better way: decision logic precisely defined and maintained by subject matter experts themselves, using business-friendly graphical models that can be automatically validated for completeness and consistency.  Since DMN is an industry standard, the meaning of a decision model does not depend on the tool used to create it or some consultant’s methodology.  It’s defined by a specification.  And best of all, DMN models are directly executable, so What You See Is What You Get.

DMN Method and Style is your guide to the new standard and to the features and benefits of Business Decision Management.  It explains not only the shapes and symbols used to describe end-to-end decision logic in a Decision Requirements Diagram (DRD), but how to properly decompose the top-level decision into a network of supporting decisions and input data.

It also shows you how to define the detailed logic of each decision in the diagram using decision tables, literal expressions, and reusable logic blocks called business knowledge models.   Like its predecessor BPMN Method and Style, the book suggests best practices, in the form of style rules and a modeling methodology, for capturing the end-to-end decision logic in a way that is complete, consistent, and clear from the printed DRD and tabular expressions alone.  More info on this book…

BPI blueprint-215The BPI Blueprint provides you with a detailed plan of action to create results the first time, inspire leaders of business processes, and build invigorated skilled teams. So if you’re looking for a simple, no nonsense, guide to help you develop and manage effective Business Process Improvement projects, regardless of your experience-level, you’ve got the right book.

 This practical guide tells you exactly what’s required at each phase, such as: Chartering and Staffing, Process Discovery, Process Analysis, Process Design, and Implementation Plan. Plus, modeling, analytical and redesign tools and techniques are explained so you can replicate them. And client examples provide guideposts; demonstrating what works, what doesn’t, and why. All of this enables you to keep your BPI Projects simple, structured and successful.