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 PROCESS ANALYSIS
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:
Benefits of Using Process Analysis:
- Sins of commission - carrying forward outdated and unnecessary constraints
- Sins of omission - losing truly valuable activities
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
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.
|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
- Data and Data Flows
- Data Stores
|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
- 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.
Business Process Modeling - Documenting the "As-Is"
Two and one-half days
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