Review of our research in 2017

In 2016 the focus of our work was on research activities and they yield results in 2017. Several articles were published (with coauthors), where I will highlight some of the best ones.

At this point I also want to express my gratefulness to all the coauthors for great work and excellent collaboration.

Complexity metrics for process models – A systematic literature review 

Complexity

Published in Computer Standards & Interfaces

The goal of this article was to provide a better overview and understanding in the field of process models complexity and to provide an overview of the corresponding metrics. 65 Process complexity metrics were systematically identified and analyzed. All metrics were visually represented according to the underlying theory and domain. Besides, interrelationships between metrics were presented in a graph-based diagram.

Theoretical foundations and implementation of business process diagrams’ complexity management technique based on highlights

Highlights

Published in Software & Systems Modeling

The goal of this paper was to investigate an approach that makes business process diagrams appear less complex, without changing the corresponding notation. This was done by manipulating one of the properties of the notation’s elements, namely opacity.

 


Improving cognitive effectiveness of business process diagrams with opacity-driven graphical highlights

Highlights_empirical

Published in Decision Support Systems

The goal of this study was to empirically validate if our proposed approach positively impacts cognitive effectiveness of business process diagrams and if the users will find the prototype implementation useful. To this end an experimental research was conducted where speed, ease and accuracy of answering questions were observed along with the perceived usefulness of the prototype.


An analysis of BPMN-based approaches for process landscape design

Landscape approachesPublished in the Proceedings of the 20th International Multiconference Information Society – IS 2017

In the article, we reviewed and analyzed notations used for modeling process landscapes, as well as non-normative BPMN-based approaches applicable for their representation. Based on analyzed approaches, we evaluated the applicability of BPMN for process landscape design.


Besides the published manuscripts I supervised several Bachelor and Master theses, where I want to highlight two master theses , both graded with the highest degree.

An analysis of the complementary use of the BPMN, DMN and CMMN notations in Camunda BPM

TrippleCrown
Figure from the master thesis of Mr. Jurij Valent M.Sc., demonstrating complementary use of BPMN, CMMN and DMN.

In this master’s thesis, done by Jurij Valent M.Sc., we focused on the complementing standard for business modeling (BPMN) applying the CMMN and DMN notations, whereas the CMMN notation serves to manage the unstructured activity in the process and the DMN notation is used to manage decisions with decision rules within the business process. The main point of this work was to review the comprehensive approach to modeling business processes. We examined the basic graphic elements of individual business process modeling techniques and also researched whether the building blocks representing the “Triple Crown of Process improvement” approach are in visual conflict. All theory collected has been put into practice and the “Triple Crown of Process Improvement” tested within the Camunda BPM framework, which supports this approach. At the same time, we have asserted in professional whether recorded examples of the use of “Triple Crown of Process Improvement” already exist.


Case Study introduction of the process approach into Slovenian Forest Services

This master thesis was done by Maja Tretjak M.Sc. The thesis discusses a case study of implementing the process approach in the public institution Slovenia Forest Service (SFS). We examined business processes with criteria to identify the most critical business process. We conducted the analysis, modelling, and simulation of selected business process using the Bizagi tool. On the test level we fully implemented the selected process. With the simulation, we found out that the implemented process approach reduces costs and processing time, it improves flexibility and systematic implementation of the process. Carried implementation allows complete control over the existing process and the interactive activity flow.

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Figure from the master thesis of Ms. Maja Tretjak M.Sc., showing quantitative process analysis.

Again I want to express my gratefulness to all collaborating researchers and students. The results are the best indicator of the excellent collaboration.

The research continues in 2018. Are you active in related areas? Contact us!

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