March 30, 2011

Business Modeling Using BML

Course Date Time Venue Investment
Business Modeling Using BML 18-20 April 08h30 – 17hoo Deloitte, Woodmead, Jhb R9 995.00 per person

This course offers students a proven and systematic method for converting implicit and explicit organizational knowledge into Business Process Models using the Business Modeling Language (BML). Students will learn and practice techniques in synthesising business knowledge/information from existing documentation into business models and then further refining and rationalising these business models through facilitated work sessions with business subject matter experts (SMEs). Further, students will utilise BusinessGenetics’ W5 Editor Software to create, augment, and view business models. The use of BML specific project management techniques, used by BusinessGenetics field consultants to ensure the successful, multi-dimensional and complete definition of any BML project will also be introduced.

Course Audience
Business Analysts, business process modelers, business process managers, managers of departments involved in business process initiatives.

3 Days

Course Prerequisites

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Create, store and manipulate business process models using BML W5 Editor software
  • Perform document conversion to translate business knowledge into BML business process models
  • Conduct business process modeling validation work sessions
  • Understand uses of business process models

Course Outline

Course Introduction
Introduction to Business Process Modeling 

  • Business Modeling Approach
  • Recycling Existing Business Knowledge
BML Information Gathering Methods 

  • Document Conversion
  • Facilitated Work Sessions

  • Modeling Activity (WHAT)
  • Modeling WHAT in the W5 Editor
  • Moving Activities into Workflow Models (WHAT into HOW)
Capturing Metadata / Business Metrics 

  • Using Notes
  • Adding Descriptions
  • Applying Profiles/Metadata
BML WHO Model 

  • Modeling Responsibility (WHO)
  • Modeling WHO in the W5 Editor
  • Adding Responsibilities into Workflow Models (WHO into HOW)

  • Modeling Locality (WHERE)
  • Modeling WHERE in the W5 Editor
  • Adding Locations into Workflow Models (WHERE into HOW)

  • Modeling Information (WHICH)
  • Modeling WHICH in the W5 Editor
  • Adding Information into Workflow Models (WHICH into HOW)

  • Modeling Temporal (WHEN)
  • Modeling WHEN in the W5 Editor
  • Moving Timeframes into Workflow Models (WHEN into HOW)
Modeling Work Flow (HOW)
ACME Case Study, Drafting and Validating Business Models 

  • Recycle Existing Business Knowledge from Provided Case
  • Draft Activity Business Model (WHAT)
  • Draft Responsibility Business Model (WHO)
  • Draft Location Business Model (WHERE)
  • Draft Temporal Business Model (WHEN)
  • Draft Information Business Model (WHICH)
ACME Case Study, Validating and Rationalizing Business Models  

  • Practice Work Session Facilitation
  • Validate Dimension Business Models
  • Rationalise Dimension Business Models
  • Draft Workflow Models (HOW)
  • Team Presentations of Models
  • Review and Debrief
Using Business Process Models 

  • Model Driven technology
  • Model uses

Course Summary and Wrap Up

About Your Course Developer and inventor and developer of the (eXtended) Business Modeling Language®

Cedric G. Tyler

A world leading business process management (BPM) and Business Requirements (BR) researcher, expert and speaker

He began his career at IBM’s international development facility, RESPOND in the UK.  Subsequently, he founded Infomet (pty) Ltd (sold to IBM), BusinessGenetics, Inc., Affinity Solutions, Momentum Resourcing and xBML Innovations, specializing in next generation BPM and BR.

He invented and developed the (eXtended) Business Modeling Language®, a rule-based / formal method for describing and improving business operations.  This approach is recognized by leading industry Analysts and academics as “industry changing” and “one of a kind” – Gartner®. The approach “converges” various corporate disciplines and foundationally enables multiple corporate initiatives; from business improvement, business requirements and compliance.  The net result is significant productivity gains.

Cedric published a book, “Business Genetics: Understanding 21st Century Corporations” (Wiley), that challenges mainstream thinking, and introduces a unique approach to how we describe, improve/simplify, manage and automate business.

Cedric serves on the boards of BusinessGenetics Inc, Affinity Solutions, xBML Innovations, Business Process management Group and Meridian Kings. He is also a Rhodes University Trustee.

Speaking Engagements

  • Daniels College of Business at DU – MBA & executive MBA Guest lecturer
  • Fischer School of Business at OSU – executive MBA Guest lecturer
  • Sloane School of Business at MIT – IT Guest lecturer
  • University of Witwatersrand – MBA Guest lecturer
  • University of Cape Town – MBA Guest lecturer
  • University of Port Elizabeth BSC Computer Sciences – Guest lecturer
  • CSSA – National Conference – Speaker (3 times)
  • Global IT Symposium – Speaker
  • Computer Software Association (Rocky Mountain) – Speaker
  • Kiwanis convention – Speaker
  • HP National Conference – Speaker
  • IBM International Convention – Speaker
  • International Requirements Conference – Presenter
  • BPM IQPC – Chairperson
  • BPM IQPC – Speaker
  • BPM IQPC – Panelist
  • InterOp – Javits Center, New York  – Speaker
  • NPS National Convention – Speaker
  • NFS National Convention – Speaker
  • Rocky Mountain Venture Group – Speaker
  • Enterprise Architecture International Convention, Florida – Speaker
  • North Carolina Technology Association – Panelist
  • CIO Posse, New York – Panelist
  • Model Driven Corporations, QA – London, Manchester, Dublin
  • Deming Institute – University of Boulder Colorado


  • The Corporate Genome – Can we “genetically re-engineer” corporations by understand their internal “DNA”? What science exists to help us understand the inner workings of a corporate operations and how can we create a “corporate genome”?
  • Bridging The Enterprise Divide – The divide between business and IT seems to have widened, despite recent advances in IT. Could the essential issue  simply be poor communication between these factions? What management science advances have been made in helping the business to understand and express/communicate corporate operations? How can this information be received and understood by IT?
  • Model Driven corporations – Can recent developments in (formal) Business Modeling really help us drive most corporate initiatives? Can we reuse/recycle/leverage information about the business to better manage, improve, automate, regulate corporations from a single source of “truth”?
  • Next generation Business Requirements – Traditional 20th  Century business requirements essential equate to “random snippets of consciousness, elicited from reluctant and often “token” business representatives”. It’s consequently no wonder that almost 80% of IT projects “fail”. A new business requirement definition has been introduced to international markets, one that rethinks the fundamentals of how business representatives express business operations.


  • Bachelor of Commerce (Economics, Business Administration, Business Computer Science) – Rhodes
  • Adjunct Professor – Daniels College of Business at DU

Papers and Publications

  • Text as a Specification Language – 1992 Tyler
  • Infomet: A new Paradigm for System Building – 1999 Tyler & Viljoen
  • Business Requirements – 2000 Tyler & McCubbrey
  • The xBML Framework – 2001 Tyler
  • The Discipline of Business Modeling – 2005
  • Business Genetics – Wiley, 2007 Tyler & Baker
  • Strategic Finance Magazine
  • Business Requirements;  The Next Generation, RQNG, 2009
  • Business Models, BusinessGenetics, 2009


  • Staff Analysts – IBM RESPOND (Global Application Development Center)
  • INFOLAB – Chief Researcher (Business Requirements, project Management)
  • Affinity Solutions – Lead Author (xBML, Project Configuration)

Boards and Memberships

  • BusinessGenetics, Inc.
  • Affinity Solutions, Inc.
  • xBML Innovations, Inc.
  • Business Process Forum (USA)
  • Meridian Kings, LLC
  • Rhodes University Board of Trustees

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