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Bpmn Method and Style, 2nd Edition, with Bpmn Implementer's Guide: A Structured Approach for Business Process Modeling and Implementation Using Bpmn 2 Paperback – October 17, 2011
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From the Back Cover
Although BPMN is widely accepted as the language of choice for business process diagrams, few process modelers know how to use it correctly or effectively. This book shows you how. It explains the shapes and symbols you need to know, and which ones you can ignore. It provides a prescriptive, top-down methodology for turning a blank page into a complete process model. And it explains the elements of BPMN style, principles of composition that make your models not only correct per the BPMN 2.0 specification but easily understood without reference to attached documentation. The Method and Style approach allows BPMN models to be shared across the business, or between business and IT, revealing the process logic consistently and unambiguously from the diagram alone.
The second half of the book, the BPMN Implementer's Guide, is addressed to developers and BPMN tool vendors. It explains the XML underneath the shapes and symbols, including the BPMN 2.0 metamodel and schema, the Descriptive and Analytic Process Modeling Conformance subclasses, and the BPMN-I Profile for interoperability between tools. Few tools serialize BPMN correctly, but the Implementer's Guide shows you how, both for non-executable and executable process models.
The Method and Style section is completely rewritten from the first edition, incorporating feedback from hundreds of students in BPMN training. The BPMN Implementer's Guide is brand new in the Second Edition.
About the Author
Bruce Silver is founder and principal of BPMessentials, the leading provider of BPMN training and certification. He has been providing BPMN training since early 2007 and is regarded as an authority in the field. He was a member of the BPMN 2.0 technical committee in OMG, and his BPMS Watch website (brsilver.com) is a popular source of news and commentary about all matters related to BPMN and BPM Suites.
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However, I am pretty disappointed with the Kindle version - and in fact I am considering asking for a refund:
the figures are too compressed and the symbols, and in particular the labels, are illegible!!!!
This is a major issue because the diagrams are very important to follow the text and are useful for a quick post-reading review of the entire book.
It's a real pity that they fell so short in the Kindle version after the author has put so much effort into the content.
I'd hardly heard of BPMN the week before and this helped me better understand my co-workers thought process and expectations, and the author even explains why the standard recommends certain paths by highlighting the pitfalls of other approaches. All of the BPMN nouns and verbs are explained well, and the charts then show and describe how best to model different business processes.
Don't mind the reviewers previously who had problems with the Kindle book's graphics (perhaps already repaired?). We found them quite clear on Kindle Cloud and they are for me, one of the most valuable things in the work.
Given I had no access to affordable time convenient training (I live in Australia) this was my main source of learning. I also found it readable and not too contradictory. It's a very broad topic and no one person will use every single feature so I built my own "index" using post-it notes to easily access pages I found myself re-reading.
I also like how it's two books not one - my frame is business not programmatic so the entire second half is irrelevant to me. It might be nice to sell it as such (two physical booklets) to cut down on the weight I carry on the bus (albeit minimal).
I have to admit that I was a bit worried about the quality of the images in kindle edition, but in the end I can live with it. The truth to be told, I cant imagine reading this on 6 inch kindle, but when reading on 24 inch monitor connected to my PC, I can still read them (barely). :)