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Business Process Management by Martyn A. Ould

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EIGHT PRINCIPLES FOR PROCESS MODELLING

To finish this chapter, I’d like to introduce a Tutor and a Pupil in discussion about some of the requirements of a process method. Their dialogue — the first of a number throughout the book — highlights some important principles that underlie Riva.

Table Principle 1: If we must have abstractions, let’s make them meaningful
Tutor: When we model something we describe it, and to describe something we need a language. A model uses a limited language — a limited number of concepts — that allows us to say the things we want to say, to describe the things we want to describe. If we wanted to model a nation—s economy, how would we model it?
Pupil: We might capture it in terms of the flow of money between the ...

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