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3rd Monday Event

Wit nor Wisdom - A Pragmatic Guide to Business Process Modelling by Jon Holt Simon Perry

Date: Monday, 18th June 2007
Time: 19:00 (tea & coffee available from 18:30)
Location: Novotel, Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4EP (map)
Price: Free! (non-members welcome)
Status: Went Ahead

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Many thanks to everyone who attended this event, and to Jon Holt Simon Perry for providing the presentation for us. A copy of the presentation is available. To download a copy click here.

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Process modelling is one of those subjects that is often mis-understood: consider the analogy of a magician performing a card trick - the process is easy to follow but impossible to replicate from the audience's point of view. To replicate such a magic trick it is necessary to understand several different views of the trick, rather than simply looking at it from the audience's point of view. A full understanding will require some degree of domain knowledge concerning magic and sleight-of-hand, and insight into the hidden complexities behind the trick and a knowledge of the mis-communication devices employed by magicians. The challenge, therefore, is in creating an accurate and concise model of a process - a task that is plagued with complexity and difficulty in understanding the often-buried processes and communication trails that exist. This lecture introduces a framework of views that are considered essential in order to understand any process fully. The approach discussed here has been used in industry and has been adopted by the BSI (British Standards Institution) for process modelling.

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About the Presenter

Simon Perry is a director of Brass Bullet Ltd, the software and systems engineering consultancy. He is the co-author, with Jon Holt, of Systems Modelling with SysML, to be published by the IET in 2007. Jon Holt is the author of the BCS book "A Pragmatic Guide to Business Process Modelling" and is the founder-director of Brass Bullet Ltd, a software and systems engineering consultancy company based in Swansea, South Wales. He has been working in the field of process modelling, in particular using the Unified Modelling Language (UML), since the mid-1990's and has worked with many organizations including professional bodies such as the IET, BSI and BCS; major industry in the fields of defence, aerospace, rail, automotive and communications; academic institutions such as UCL and the University of Wales and a number of government organizations and other non-engineering related groups. Jon is a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the BCS. His other interests include card magic and Tae Kwon Do.

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