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  • Copyright 2014
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-349204-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-349204-0

This is the digital version of the printed book (Copyright © 1998).

This 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) Methods—its 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 real world.

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.

IDEF0 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.

Use this book to apply the techniques of this increasingly popular member of the IDEF family of methods!

Three Major Elements of the Method:

1. The concepts 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.

2. The language 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.

3. 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.

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Features and Benefits of the IDEF0 Activity Modeling Method

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Table of Contents

 

Figures & Tables       xii

Foreword         xvii

Preface         xix

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Method         1

Communication with IDEF0   1

Origins and History of IDEF0   4

Elements of IDEF0   8

Use of IDEF0 with Other Methods and Tools   10

Chapter 2: Using IDEF0 for Process Improvement          15

Use of IDEF0 in Support of BPR   16

Benefits of Using IDEF0 Models for Enterprise Reengineering   20

Conclusions from Commercial and DoD BPR Efforts to Date   37

Chapter 3: Features and Benefits of the IDEF0 Activity Modeling Method        39

The Seven Basic Principles   39

Scope of Subject Matter That Can Be Handled by IDEF0   40

Benefits Resulting from the Use of IDEF0   41

Features of IDEF0 Analysis   43

Comparison to Data Flow Diagramming   45

Understanding a Top-Level IDEF0 Diagram of an Enterprise   49

Levels of Abstraction in IDEF0 Models   51

The Role of Data Analysis Compared to IDEF0 Function Analysis   53

Chapter 4: IDEF0 Graphic Language Syntax and Semantics         55

Activity Box Syntax   56

Arrow Syntax Elements   57

The IDEF0 Diagram Form   59

IDEF0 Model Rules   63

Chapter 5: Pragmatics         81

Defining the Purpose, Viewpoint, and Type of Breakdown   82

Starting the Model   84

Validating the Model   88

Modeling Other Viewpoints   92

Using Node Diagrams, Schematics, and FEO Diagrams   95

Using the Reader/Author Review Process   101

Chapter 6: Do's and Don'ts         106

Language Rules   107

Model Quality Measurement   122

Achieving Model Quality   135

Management Lessons Learned   140

Appendices 145

Appendix A: Types of Models and Forms of Breakdown         147

Modeling the Function versus the Process   147

Forms of Activity Breakdown   149


Appendix B: Sample Models         156


Appendix C: SADT and IDEF0–A Historical Perspective         172

Comparison of SADT with IDEF0 173


Appendix D: SADT Data Models, IDEF0, and IDEF1X         175


Appendix E: A Modeling Process Case Study         179

Background of the Restaurant   179

Excerpt from an Interview with the President and CEO   180

Excerpt from an Interview with Jeff Shermon   182

Modeling Ben's Burgers 182


Key Terms         207


Index         213

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