Brief Outline: Processes

Enterprises can be defined in terms of systems and processes, the former supporting the latter.

Activities may have to be executed separately

As for systems, processes can be initially characterized using four basic yardsticks.

  1. The prime purpose of processes is not to specify activities, only the way they must be carried out if and when activities have to be executed separately.
  2. Separate execution implies differentiated activities.
  3. Separate execution can be dictated by intrinsic constraints, organizational context, or resources availability.
  4. Iterative processes and MBSE can be seen as marking processes conceptual limits, the former because a single activity (possibly composite) is repeated, the latter because models transformations can, at least in theory, be carried out independently of contexts and time-frames.

Whereas these four tenets are not enough to define processes, they should serve as necessary foundations.


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