Make [the process] as simple as possible, but no simpler…

Time for a repost following recent attempts to persuade people without experience that they are increasing the business-IT divide by over-simplifying process models by not having the right tools, rather than reducing it….

Nick Broom - musings of an analyst

The phrase “make things as simple as possible, but no simpler”, usually attributed to Einstein is a perfect starting place for my first blog post [sound fanfare].

I want to look at process modelling and specifically the development of process models using BPMN and the cultural challenges it can face. I’m a huge fan of this standard and really believe in its power as a communication and requirements development tool. However, it can get a bit of bad press. A lot of it has stemmed from the development of the BPMN 2.0 spec and its efforts to define executable BPMN 2.0 models. Personally, I’d also add that it comes from the belief that the perceived simplicity of traditional flowcharting is enough to define modern processes.

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