Course on Business Process Modelling started – constraints first

The Spring teaching term has started at IT University of Copenhagen. It will be an exciting term.

This Monday I gave the first (joint) lecture at the IT & Business Process Modelling course (mandatory at 4th term of the Global Business Informatics bachelor) and the Business Process Modelling and Analysis course (offered as specialisation courses to MSc students at the Digital Innovation & Management and at the Software Development and Technology programmes).

This years course will be even more exciting than previous year for several reasons.

Firstly, we are able to use the DCR Graphs business process constraint mapping and simulation tool developed at Exformatics as an outcome of the industrial PhD project of my student Tijs Slaats. We have decided to teach “constraints first”, the point being that you need to capture and understand the constraints of your business process before trying to map the process flow as BPMN processes. Next week, Tijs will give an overview of flexibility needs in business process modelling and a tutorial on the tool (while I am visiting the SOAMED PhD school in Berlin, presenting the most recent research behind DCR Graphs – but that must be another blog post).

Secondly, we will try to coordinate the BSc course more closely with the IT-enabled Process-Improvement course, which is also mandatory for the Global Business Informatics students at their 4th term. In this course, the students will be introduced to several techniques for improving processes. As always, this is more interesting, if the students can work on a real process from a real business or organisation. We have a number of contacts (including companies at the 5th floor at ITU and healthcare processes from collaborators at PUCPR in Curitiba, Brazil) but are always interested in more. It need not require more than 2-3 meetings/Skype interviews with the students and in return you will get business process maps and a proposal for business process improvement.

Finally, the processes being modelled by the students will mid-term be given to the 2nd year students at the Software Development bachelor programme, who will then develop a distributed workflow management system that can support the processes. In addition to being an exciting project I hope the students will also find it exciting to interact and meet students across the bachelor programmes.

The slides for this weeks lectures can be found at slideshare.