This method was developed by Graham Twaddle and his colleagues and has been analyzed and described by Michael Jackson, one of the pre-eminent contributors to current software development practices. It has been tried and tested by Sherwood International UK who have incorporated it into their award-winning Amarta software support system.
The method consists of a carefully crafted combination of data and process modelling that permits highly parallel, and therefore highly efficient and flexible, workflow. Moreover, it embodies a novel approach to database design and implementation that gives many of the benefits usually ascribed to object-orientation but requires only a conventional relational database environment.
- A clear adn insightful description of the method, its range of applicability and its use.
- Innovative diagram and textual notations for data and process modelling.
- A thorough description of the Amarta software suport system which provides insight into the implementation issues and shows how to mechanize and simplify developement.
- Questions at the end of each chapter, providing readers with an opportunity to check their understanding of the concepts involved.
This book will be invaluable for anyone who has to develop an use business systems for information and administration and especially to those working in an environment where office workflow is an important concern. It will provide the reader with a way of clearly documenting the processes and process-related knowledge that are the end-result of a business-process re-engineering study. It also provides an approach to implementing the re-engineered processesthat have been tried and tested successfully in large systems for critical business applications.