For 6.12.18

For this week, learn about Business Process Modeling Notation following the advice below.

Business Process Modeling Notation

Implementing business application systems involves analyzing business processes, and for that analysts typically develop user scenarios then map those scenarios onto business process models — abstractions based on stories that can then be broken down into discrete, coordinated sequences that computers and systems can be designed to support. Business process modeling notation is a powerful tool for representing this middle step between stories and the details of application design and implementation.

  • Study the BPMN Tutorial on Camunda
  • Read more deeply the BPMN 2.0 by Example
  • Install the free BPMN 2.0 Tool
  • Create a tiny little model based on some small little household or play or business problem, such as “the drinking process of my cat” and where you observe, take detailed notes, discuss with others to check your understanding, and then build a model using the Camunda application

No-nonsense learning for you

Wrap your ahead around the facts+story model discussed in Duarte’s Engage Through Storytelling. For everything that you do,

  1. Tell a real story about learning, and where you describe confronting a difficulty, seeking an answer, and coming up with a solution that you can put to use
  2. Explain the problem in your own words, as you would explain it to yourself and others and not simply what the MS Word Support or other pages say: link to them, but in your own words explain what one might find there, what is going on and so “know how” (not simply “how to”)
  3. Explain the principle, including some larger idea, method, concept, etc., that will apply to other things, so that this tiny discussion of inserting headers, for example, offers a key to understanding other parts of MS Word or applications more generally
  4. Create working notes, notes for you, and simply not for me — notes you can rely on when later you forget.

Who are your heroes?

Research your hero, figure out what makes them tick, and tell a story about what you learned (and not simply about them): how might their example be of relevance to you and your preparation?