By Jon Holt
A pragmatic instruction manual for conducting actual and powerful procedure modelling, drawn from the author's significant event in consulting.
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A relationship represents the identification of a conceptual relationship between one or more classes. A relationship is represented graphically by variations on a line, depending on the type of relationship. There are four types of relationship that are used for process modelling: the association, the aggregation, the generalization/specialization and the dependency. Relationships form the basic paths in the class diagram. The class diagram can be defined in more detail, but these are the two basic elements at its core.
Some national bodies have also obtained recognition globally and sit at the same sort of level, such as the British Standards Institution (BSI). High-level processes, such as industry standards: an industry standard is one that is driven by the actual industry and does not have the formal recognition of international and national standards. An industry standard may have international recognition, such as the UML or Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA), or may simply be two organizations agreeing to work in the same way.
In fact, mentioning processes or standards is often greeted with groans and sighs from people whose only experience has been one (or many) of disappointment. This really just goes to reinforce the fact that the whole world of process modelling is very badly affected by the three ‘evils of life’, described in detail in Chapter 4: complexity, lack of understanding and poor communications. So why are processes and standards so badly thought of by many people, and is this feeling justified? These two questions will be answered separately.