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About the Book
Chosen by the DoD As a Government
Standard for BPR
book answers the call for a concise, comprehensive introduction to IDEF0 and its
application in business process reengineering (BPR) efforts.
Here is all
the essential information about the IDEF0 method, the function analysis portion
of the Integration Definition (IDEF) Methodsits definition, basic rules
of usage (including the standard language syntax and semantics as contained in
the Federal Standard), and lessons learned from many years of application in the
The book features examples based on actual models of commercial
clients and government agencies. By studying IDEF0 models, readers learn how the
method might be applied to the various aspects of enterprise analysis or systems
analysis and what goals and benefits are reasonable to expect from its application.
is at the heart of the DoD's version of BPR. In the private sector, industrial
organizations that may have initially discovered IDEF through one or more government
contracts have adopted it as a method for use with their own corporate BPR efforts.
this book to apply the techniques of this increasingly popular member of the IDEF
family of methods!
From the Foreword
is one of the pioneers in the belief that understanding processes and activities
is the key to the application of technology to problems. This book shares with
you many of his thoughts on how to effectively reengineer. . .
favorite technique is shown hereIDEF0the integrated definition language
that he helped create in the 1970's. . . .
"For those of us in Government,
rapid change is upon us. The Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996
now mandates that managers redesign processes before recommending information
technology investments. . . . With IDEF0, Clare shows managers a proven way to
assure that those investments make sense. . . .
"Here you have a master
who is describing his artand the only charge for his services is the cost
of the book. What a bargain!
"If you only have time to
read one book on the subject, this is it. Enjoy."
Three Major Elements of the Method
are at the foundation of IDEF0, and they preserve the logical sense and intention
of the model. These concepts answer why one approach is used over another in the
application of IDEF0, and they provide the experienced analyst with the rationale
for when it may be necessary to bend the rules.
of IDEF0 is the analyst's means of describing the activities of an enterprise
to other analysts, readers, enterprise management and staff, and others. The language
is written in graphical box-and-arrow notation on diagram forms that are structured
to form IDEF0 models.
The pragmatics of IDEF0 provide
the engineering procedures and the do's and don'ts for the use of IDEF0. In many
cases, the pragmatics are so closely tied to the concepts and language that they
are inseparable, and analysts who have attempted to use IDEF0 without employing
the pragmatics have typically been unsuccessful. The most common misuses of IDEF0
are illustrated to show the kinds of problems that can occur if the pragmatics
are not followed.
"This book is an explanation of the IDEF0 syntax and structure
and how to apply it to business operations. No previous experience is necessary,
the diagrams are largely self-explanatory and what little extra explanation that
is needed is provided. . . . I recommend that you read this book if you are currently
in the process of altering your business practices."
Ashbacher posted on Amazon.com
provides an excelent introduction to using IDEF0, with many illustrations. Anybody
familiar with functional decomposition-oriented methods should be able to learn
it quickly. . . . The writing is clear and easy to follow."
Hoffman Computing Reviews
"The author is clearly
writing from experience. . . . His experiences come through in the text."
Chikofsky Progress Software Corp.
applied the method for more than twenty years to real problems in a consulting
and training capacity, I have compiled this do's and don'ts guide to identify
the ways the method has been misused and to identify and correct these misuses.
. . .
"The material presented here is for three classes of participant:
people who wish to explore the concepts and application potential of IDEF0 for
enterprise reengineering; people who wish to determine how IDEF0 might be helpful
to them in their systems analysis efforts; people who have been introduced to
IDEF0 concepts, and who wish to understand the theory behind the concepts so that
they can use it more effectively."
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