Business Process Reengineering - Chart Key

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* All symbols are recursive - meaning that they can include nested members of the same type as the parent, a constrained subset of the child objects or, in some cases, unrestrained subsets.
* All symbols are recursive - meaning that they can include nested members of the same type as the parent, a constrained subset of the child objects or, in some cases, unrestrained subsets.
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* All symbols are either objects or lines (arrows).
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* All objects are connected by lines or by being recursively embedded in a parent object - which then becomes a container for that object.
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* Data flows through the connecting lines into the objects where it is stored, and/or transformed and/or distributed. Data is ethereal and moves from one place to another transforming and being transformed by the vesels in which it is store. A document, for example, is therefore considered to be a data store - not the data itself. A manufactured item, is also a data store, containing the end result of multiple processes each transforming the storage vessel. This is the key concept that enables this process charting method to transcend both service and manufacturing process modelling domains.
* The arrows connecting objects are dataflows - refering to the movement of information, not explicitly the media on which the information is stored at the time.
* The arrows connecting objects are dataflows - refering to the movement of information, not explicitly the media on which the information is stored at the time.
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* Connecting Arrows can take a number of annotations, including:
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** identification of the data stream (or data streams)
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** a filter condition for access
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** selector bars
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** optional (conditional) flags
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* Objects are sciptable
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Revision as of 15:35, 17 January 2011

Chart Symbols and Their Meanings

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Discussion

The key chart includes a number of features that are perhaps a little unusual:

  • All symbols are recursive - meaning that they can include nested members of the same type as the parent, a constrained subset of the child objects or, in some cases, unrestrained subsets.
  • All symbols are either objects or lines (arrows).
  • All objects are connected by lines or by being recursively embedded in a parent object - which then becomes a container for that object.
  • Data flows through the connecting lines into the objects where it is stored, and/or transformed and/or distributed. Data is ethereal and moves from one place to another transforming and being transformed by the vesels in which it is store. A document, for example, is therefore considered to be a data store - not the data itself. A manufactured item, is also a data store, containing the end result of multiple processes each transforming the storage vessel. This is the key concept that enables this process charting method to transcend both service and manufacturing process modelling domains.
  • The arrows connecting objects are dataflows - refering to the movement of information, not explicitly the media on which the information is stored at the time.
  • Connecting Arrows can take a number of annotations, including:
    • identification of the data stream (or data streams)
    • a filter condition for access
    • selector bars
    • optional (conditional) flags
  • Objects are sciptable



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