you can make it better, you need to understand and document what you do
now. In other words, you must define how your current processes are
In organizations where teams of independent workers
collaborate to fulfill project requirements, understanding the processes
involved and how work is done is the first step toward improvement.
xProcess provides an environment for defining:
- Resources - the roles and skills required for a project along with costs.
- Patterns - the typical patterns of tasks that occur in the projects, as well as relative priorities and any dependencies.
- Three-Point Estimation (3PE) - the typical Best, Most Likely and Worst Case estimates of the effort required for the Episodes.
- Gateways – designated quality check points at various points in the process.
- Artifacts - files, images, documents and other products of the process.
- Prioritized Task Folders - phases, timeboxes and milestones for monitoring progress.
- Workflows – the dependencies and flow of manual and automated activities.
- Costs - the financial implications of all aspects of the process including resource costs and costs associated with episodes.
- Diagrams - a visual representation of your process patterns
In a matter of hours, you can define your
process. This initial process definition not only serves as a baseline
for improvement, but allows for change as you discover ways to improve
it. So, as you find better ways to work, your process will adapt