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Decision Camp/Masterclass with James Taylor and Jan Purchase

On July 12-14 2017 the DecisionCamp 2017 is held in London. Topic is everything related to Business Rules, Business Decisions etc. News for the DMN standard and applying the concepts. Unfortunately I will not be able to participate but I suggest it to everybody interested in Decision Management and Business Rules.

The day before (July 11, 2017) a workshop with James Taylor and Jan Purchase takes place. Also strongly suggested. James and Jan are the authors of "Real-world Decision Modeling with DMN". An easy way to get insights in the tpic, to learn the essentials of the book and new insights just within a day.


Model-Based ... Notations and Models are Means to an End

We are talking of Model-Based Business Engineerin. Models are base for many working techniques as described in the White Paper "Model-Based Business Engineering - A Positioning". Based on models we define, measure, optimize Business Processes, for development of workflow-based systems and much more. One of my favorite quotes by John Zachman is "If you can't describe it, you can't uild it".

We use different Standard Notations by the OMG for Model Development. They offer a good number of benfits: exchangeability, defined meaning of model elements, tool support, ... Sure, all notations also have shortcomings. But discussing endless abou the shortcomings is boring. Notations are a mean to an end. They are a tool. It is very important, what our goal, our end for our models is.The mean (the notation) will be determined by this.

In one of my customer projects I found a Project Charter saying that the goal of the project is to introduce BPMN 2. I don't think that this is a real goal. We want to minimise risk, improve processes, alow measuring processes and much more. To find out if BPMN supports this should be part o the project.

Belongs the notation to chose to the project charter?

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Business Rules in natural language - German or English?

Some days ago I visited a potential customer here in Germany. They already developed a good number of models and want to build a "real" enterprise architecture now. One content they already have are Business Rules. Very good - it is for sure a great idea to separate Business Rules and Business Process Models. They described the rules in natural language for the business users - but in English. I think this misses the point of using natural language for business rule representation. The argument was that English is more precise than German. It seems so at least. But any natural language leaves room for misunderstanding. And addressing business users in a foreign language misses the point.

RuleSpeak™ was developed by Ron Ross to allow business users to build and use their own Business Rules in natural language. Keywords and principles for building the rules should ensure precision. Sometimes you have to make compromises between precision and easy understanding for the business user.

RuleSpeak™ is available in multiple languages - e.g. Dutch. Spanish, Polish, Norwegian. The German version can be found on our company website or together with the other languages on - Post: BPM Skills in 2017 – Hot or Not

Zbigniew published a new post on his blog BPM Skills in 2017 – Hot or Not.

More than 20 experts gave their insight about skills we should look for - e.g. Roger Bulton, Sandy Kemsley, James Taylor, Jim Sinur. It is difficult to highlight single opinions. The value of the post for me is the diversity and different views. You have to read it completly to get this ;-)

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