How to Define Business Processes
A business process is an organized chain of actions or events in a business area. For example, in a car rental company, the various actions involved in renting a car to a customer constitute a business process.
A business process usually breaks down into a sequence of individual process steps. In the car rental example, the first step could be customer registration or (in the case of an existing customer) identification. Next steps could be down payment, reservation, final payment, contractual agreement, the physical delivery of the car, actual use of the car, and finalization of the transaction after use.
In USoft, you define a business process by defining its individual Business Process Steps and then organizing these steps in a sequence.
To define a business process step:
•Assign the new business rule to the current repository version.
•Stamp your user name and the date/time into the fields for change logging.
To facilitate progress monitoring:
•In the Approved By field indicate the initials of who is to approve the definition of the business rule.
When the Approved field is checked this indicates that the rule is described properly (and therefore can be built).
•The Built By field enables the application developer to indicate who is responsible for building the rule.
When the Built field is checked, this indicates that the rule is built.
•If the rule has to be changed later on, clear the Approved and Built fields to indicate that the process has to start all over again.
•The Tested By field enables another developer to indicate who is responsible for testing the rule.
When the Test field is checked, this indicates that the rule has been tested.
•The Created On field is where the date on which the design of the business rule was created is indicated.
•The Created By field allows the project member(s) who created the business rule to indicate this.
•The Changed On field is where the date on which the design of the business rule was created is indicated.
The Changed By field allows the project member(s) who made the most recent change to the business rule to indicate this.