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BPMN Method and Style: A levels-based methodology for BPM process modeling and improvement using BPMN 2.0 Paperback – June 1, 2009
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There is a dearth of practical information and academic research on the 2.0 spec at this point in time, compared with the mountainous 500+ page proposed specification. This book delivers a prescriptive approach to the reader detailing how hierarchical models can be created by domain experts, then be expanded upon by a business process analyst and finally enhanced by a workflow developer for potential execution.
In the author's own words, to try and learn BPMN by reading the specification is akin to trying to learn how to write a story by reading a dictionary. The method for starting with a blank page and modelling the "Happy Path", adding exception flows for semantic correctness, and finally creating an executable model in BPMN 2.0 is given with a well structured approach. Where the spec lacks detail or contains ambiguities with how certain notational elements might, or should, be applied; this book steers the reader with advice on developing a consistent style, which could be adopted into one's own modelling conventions.
If you are searching for guidance from the trenches giving detailed advice and concrete examples, from simple to advanced BPMN notational elements and constructs, then this is the first book you should add to your library.
The "BPMN Method and Style" is different. It tells how to use BPMN for real world process modeling. How and why. Patterns and anti-patterns. Read this book before ever trying to draw your first BPMN diagram. If already started sketching, better put the drawing aside and do not show it to anybody - the diagram is full of errors. Just read the book, throw the old sketch away and start from a scratch. I do not exaggerate, believe me.
As a programmer I represent the "IT side" of BPMN universe. For most programmers the BPMN notation looks like good old flow charts with some self-evident extras. That's true, the notation is all about flow charts. But as my own experience shows, these "extras" are too far from self-evident and trying to use "programmer common sense", experience and searching the specification for "minor details" results in nothing but embarrassment and frustration.
This book is a lifesaver. My only complaint is the lack of pdf version, as I need to keep the book handy while working from multiple locations.
Bruce Silver provides practical guidance for creating usable BPMN diagrams that enable shared understanding between business and technical users. He effectively translates the BPMN spec and workflow pattern theory into clear examples and guidelines. This book is an excellent reference for how to use BPMN consistently, thus ensuring a high return on the time invested in creating process diagrams.
Paul Harmon, Executive Editor, BPTrends website
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, exceedingly helpful, clear.
But superseded by Bruce's 2nd edition. 1st edition notation same; but based on beta 2.0
Buy the 2nd instead!!
This book asks the right questions a BPM designer is facing and provides clear and very well documented solutions.
A very usefull book.
The book helps properly in defining level of detail one want to achieve on business process modeling works using BPMN Notations.Published on December 23, 2011 by Francisco Tupinambá Pereira da Silva
I had really been wanting to learn about BPM/Workflow. Before this book, I had relied on product documentation that came with the various open source BPM engines. Read morePublished on April 20, 2011 by NewLibertarian
The author has provided the reader with a clear, concise explanation of what and how business process modeling notation can be applied in mapping the the processes and... Read morePublished on November 10, 2010 by Amazon Customer
I'm a software BA, but I've always struggled with syntax and getting complex processes down on paper in a legible format. This book, while based on the "draft" BPMN 2. Read morePublished on October 25, 2010 by T. Harding
So far the best BPMN book I've read, also the first thing I bought from the US.
I'm from China (thousands miles far away from the book printer :-) ) so the book is much... Read more
This is a very good and simple book to use BPMN. Easy to handle and quick to go through.Published on August 17, 2010 by Ruth
In a simple, easy and extremaly practice approach, this book reveals the BPM process modeling in a way that makes, even for a beginner, feeling as an old fellow of process... Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by Carlos A. R. Lyra