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New Post 5/14/2012 2:39 AM
User is offline Anita
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Quick Guides For PM Business Process 

 I am looking for suggestions on setting up a template for "Quick Reference Guide" for project management business processes.  Any thoughts or suggestions?

New Post 5/14/2012 7:01 AM
User is offline Tony Markos
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Re: Quick Guides For PM Business Process 


In terms of requirements elicitation, the number one prority question to be built into a quick reference guide is:  How much complexity are we dealing with?   It determines what basic requirements elicitation approach is warrented.    He is the dirty little secret (for most people):   What works for smallish projects (lets say 5 to 7 processes that can each be documented on about a 81/2" X 11"  page logicial flow chart) will not work for larger scale projects.   In terms of system behavioral related requirements, use cases, user stories, and BPMN (and the BPM like) are for systems in the small.  You will not here this said anywheres else; even the BABOK is mixed up here.  Note:  Business systems are complex; I have been around for awhile and I can not remember working on a smallish business system.

For a variety of reasons, only data flow diagrams work for bigger picture business systems analysis.  With them, after one drisll down to the smallish level, he/she would then switch over to a sequence based technique like BPMN.

Regarding Agile, that is the way to go to same alot of time and money.  However, the majority of (probably the vast majority) of Agile projects only incorporate analysis in the small efforts, i.e., there is no attempt to do any up front modeling.  Be aware, even Scott Ambler espouses the need for an up front model - provided that it is done in an Agile fashion. 



New Post 5/16/2012 6:19 AM
User is offline Craig Brown
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Re: Quick Guides For PM Business Process 


I would look to Dae Snowden's Cynevin model to help understand the different classes of project appraoch you might want to consider.  Only some types of projects are appropriate for process driven appraoches, and even then there are differnt styles.


Good lukc.


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