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Business Process Management by Martyn A. Ould

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THE PROCESS ARCHITECTURE AS SEARCHLIGHT

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Pupil: You were very rude earlier about so-called process architectures that were random chunkings of organizational activity, either strung together in some sort of sequence like a kebab, or else hanging Christmas tree fashion. How is a Riva process architecture different?
Tutor: Well, we’ve seen how UOWs come in a variety of sizes: a Compound represents a much larger unit of work than an Assay. We can also see a partial ordering (’generates’) amongst UOWs. It is likely, though not certain, that as we follow the ‘generates’ relationships we’ll find our way to ‘smaller’ and ‘smaller’ UOWs. Look at the (real-life) example I’ve drawn in Figure 6.14 and tell me what you see.
Pupil: Well, I see ...

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