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Summer Is a Little Life

and it was a very good summer -

Tyrrhenian sea, Stromboli island and volcano (Italy).

Aegean sea, vicinity of Marmaris (Turkey).

Ionian sea, legendary Ithaca island (Greece).

«Process Discovery and Modeling Done Right»: my podcast with ebizQ

My activities in BPMN got me a reputation of an expert in process modeling. Let it be so; yet I believe it’s rather the basics of the craft than its top and personally I’m more interested in issues arising at BPM and performance consulting intersection and business process BPMS implementation methodology. It’s a common story: the public is more attracted to what an expert considers almost trivial while what he treats as an achievement may come unnoticed. As an example, the most popular posts at this blog are those tagged “FAQ”.

ebizQ editor Piter Schooff recorded a podcast effectively presenting me as a «modeling guy». OK, if Peter believes modeling is a good topic right now then I’m not going to argue. The podcast is published at ebizQ: «Process discovery and modeling done right» (transcript).

Correcton: page 3 of the transcript reads -

PS: What are some best practices for effective process modeling?

AB: You might notice from my blog that I’m a proponent of process patterns. Pattern is a typical process fragment common to a number of real world processes. And the matching word for “pattern” is “recognition.” With an adequate training and some practice, a process analyst just sees familiar patterns in the process task he is working on. And this way, he or she gets the results much faster, [but] they’re more error-prone because they are based on proven fragments or patterns.

Of course I meant “less error-prone” here.

This was my second podcast at ebizQ. Prevoious podcast: «Avoiding BPM done wrong» (transcript).

08/19/11 | Others | ,     Comments: 4

Hello Again!

OK, everything good ends some day. But not this blog!

Didn’t write for some time - well, it was summer: vacations, sea…

For those interested in military history, a new museum opened in Sevastopol Michael’s battery:

I strictly recommend it to visitors of Sevastopol. Exhibition presented by private (!) collectors is as good as the well-know Black Sea Fleet Museum in Sevastopol.

A lot of work is done also at 35th Battery (it’s about the siege during WWII) and interesting tours are available.

Besides I’ve got a new hobby: yachting. Passed theoretical course in May and then practice in Sicily waters in June:

So now I’m a certified yacht skipper:

Thanks to Russian Association of Yacht Skippers and personally to instructor Vladimir Vatrunin. Frankly I’m only a nominal skipper at the moment, need more practice to become real. So I scheduled trips to waters of Croatia and Thailand. So if my mobile number is unavailable then I’m probably twenty miles offshore.

So this is how the break happened: partially because of summer activities, partially because I became tired. Writing isn’t easy for me, really. Basically there are two ways for me: either to put word by word and tie them together somehow - with results that look strained.

Or to kick myself - “you won’t get out of the desk until it’ll be done well” - and inspiration will come sooner or later. But a lot of mental energy is spent this way and finally I feel exhausted and need a break. But now writing is easy again and I accumulated thoughts for a dozen of posts.

Thanks to those who expressed a word of support! I’ll continue writing as long as you find my thoughts interesting and useful.

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