"Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises."
Samuel Butler

Process Analysis is a technique for formally determining and specifying improved processes for conducting business. Process analysis is often a crucial component of application system development projects as well as business process improvement efforts.

Business processes are built on a tangled web of: past policy decisions, individual styles, technology constraints, good-habits, bad-habits, dead-ends, duplications, regulations, etc.
Yet, in spite of this complexity, analysts too often attempt a leap of faith in moving from today’s “as-is” model of the world to tomorrow’s “should-be” model.
These leaps often result in “should-be” models which have:

  • Sins of commission - carrying forward outdated and unnecessary constraints
  • Sins of omission - losing truly valuable activities
Benefits of Using Process Analysis:
By using a formal, staged approach for analyzing processes the resulting “should-be” models are more likely to:
  • Be both efficient and effective
  • Have buy-in and support from the business community
  • Offer maximum flexibility to designers in using new technologies or approaches
  • Provide the specification for a system that will be most stable over time

Course Outcomes:
Students of Advanced Strategies’ Business Process Analysis Course will return to work with the skills necessary to transform current physiological models into new logical models of the desired “should-be” process.

Course Outline:
Process Analysis Overview
  • Why Process Efforts often Fail
  • Why Use a Staged Approach
  • Why Start with a Current Physiological Model
  • How Process Analysis Helps Deliver Quality Systems
Review of Data Flow Diagrams
  • Processes/Functions
  • Data and Data Flows
  • Data Stores
  • Sources/Sinks
  • Annotations
The Stages of Development
  • Current Physiological
  • Current Logical
  • Current Essential
  • New Essential
  • New Logical
  • New Physical
Transforming Current Stages
  • Adopting an Analyst Mind-Set
  • Removing Technology Constraints
  • Assessing Policies and Procedures
  • Determining the Essential Elements
Transforming New Stages
  • Identifying New Essential Activities
  • Specifying Appropriate Policies and Procedures
  • Examining and Applying Technology Options
Approach Derivatives
  • Constructing a New Model without Constructing a Current Model
  • Focusing on Changes to Existing Systems
  • Dealing with Multiple Users/Sites
  • Final Case-Study

Who Should Attend:
This course is targeted for anyone who is responsible for improving systems and business processes. This could include business analysts, systems analysts, programmer/analysts, auditors, financial analysts, business managers, quality and process supervisors, etc.

Course Prerequisites:
Business Process Modeling - Documenting the "As-Is"

Course Duration:
Two and one-half days

Class Availability: Request It Now!

Materials Provided:
Student Course Book

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