OCEB Business Intermediate (OMG-OCEB-B200) Coverage Map

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Intermediate Business Motivational Modeling
Modeling business, moving up from Fundamental level: All of the BMM defined in Chapters 7 and 8. Includes referenced elements of business model defined externally: Organization Unit (in the BMM sense), Business Process, Business Rule (see References section,below); constructing BMM models and interpreting (brief) scenarios.
Business Process Modeling with BPMN
All of the remaining BPMN model elements and diagrams,except that some events are specifically excluded as shown on the chart linked below under References. Also excluded are the Transaction Subprocess and Transaction (ACID) semantics (although Compensation is in scope), Auditing (Section 10.9), and Monitoring (Section 10.10). Note that XMI is never included, and attributes are not covered unless mentioned specifically. For data handling, the exam will cover data object (including Lifecycle and Accessibility), data store, data input, and data output as elements of processes built from the business point of view, but not delve into inputSets, outputSets, or other (typically implementation-dependent) details of data handling. Consider Global Task and Global Process; Handling Events; Complex Gateway; and Compensation. Limited aspects of the following; see the BPMN 2 References paragraph below for details: Conversations; Choreography; Execution Semantics (which is also described in a white paper on our list); Error Handling; Diagram Interchange.  
Decision Management and Modeling with DMN: 
DMN Basic Concepts, and Scope and Uses. Decision Requirements; Relating Decision Logic to Decision Requirements; and Decision Tables. Relation of DMN to BPMN. See the References section, below.
Business Rules Approach and Shared Business-Wide Vocabulary
Noun Concepts and Business Rules (BR) vocabulary; BR Basics; Two types of BR; BR and Business Processes. Creating and using Process-Specific Business Rules. Advantages of a shared business-wide vocabulary (SBVR Awareness).
Business Process Management Knowledge and Skills
BP Project Management: Activity Lifecycle, Ownership of Processes. Measurement and Optimization: CSFs and KPIs, Business Activity Monitoring, Scorecarding, Process Simulation and Optimization, BPM ROI, Model Value Analysis (When to model, and when not to), BPMS Tool fundamentals, BPM Center of Excellence basics, Organizational Change Management.
Process Quality and Governance Frameworks
Process Quality and Governance Frameworks: Questions at the Intermediate exam go one level deeper into the scope, goals, and structure of these major frameworks: SOX, COBIT, and ITIL; OMG's Business Process Maturity Model (BPMM), 6 Sigma, and LEAN especially as it relates to BPM.




Book Title More Info Coverage Location
Oceb-book-paul.PNG Business Process Change, 2nd ed. Paul Harmon - Morgan Kaufman, 2007. Chapter 3 (Understanding the Enterprise, or an alternative source on systems-view vs. process-view of an enterprise) Kindle
Oceb-book-guidlines.PNG Business Process Management Practical Guidelines to Successful Implementations, 2nd ed. John Jeston and Johan Nelis - Elsevier, 2008. Chapter 18, 28 (Introduction, plus the basic concepts of each level) Kindle
Pdf.png Business Modeling: A Practical Guide to Realizing Business Value David Bridgeland and Ron Zahavi - MK/OMG Press, 2008. Referenced chapter on Model Value Analysis for free download. free download here
Oceb-book-james.PNG Business Process Management Systems James F. Chang - Auerbach, 2006. [ ISBN-10: 084932310X ] Chapter 3 (Overview of Business Process Management Systems) NobleProg London Library
Oceb-book-tom.PNG Business Process Management with a Business Rules Approach Tom Debevoise, 2007. [ ISBN: 978-1-4196-7368-9 ] Chapter 3 (Business Rules in Business Processes, or an alternative reference on BRs in BPs) Amazon Prime
Oceb-book-change.PNG Change Management: The People Side of Change Jeffrey Hiatt and Timothy Creasey - Prosci, 2003. Chapters 1-3 Amazon
Oceb-book-rule-approach.PNG Principles of the Business Rule Approach Ronald Ross - Pearson, 2003. Chapter 5 (Terms, Facts, Fact Models), 6, 10 (or another reference on types (categories) of business rules) Amazon Prime
Oceb-book-roland.PNG Business Rule Concepts: Getting to the Point of Knowledge, 2nd ed Ronald Ross - BRF, 2005. Chapters 1, 2, 4 - 6 Amazon


Title Desc Status
OCEB, Definition of Business Process TODO
John Hall, Overview of OMG Business Motivation Model: Core Concepts. Covered in the Fundemental Preparation materials (TODO: Put proper links here) DONE
Mike Rosen, Orchestration or Choreography?, BPTrends TODO
Jay April et al, Enhancing Business Process Management With Simulation Optimization , BPTrends, or another reference on process simulation and optimization. (Especially the final three sections on Best Practices and Recommendations)

Note: The examination covers best practices for Shared Business Vocabulary, a topic not covered well in BPM literature. Master Data Management, a subset of SBV, is in better shape so we’ve included this document in our list. A web search for “Master Data Management Best Practices” will yield additional resources.

Ed Walters, What are CSFs and KPIs? Note: viewable but not downloadable free) or another tutorial reference on Critical Success Factors and Key Performance Indicators. TODO
Rich Seeley, Forrester Details “Secret Sauce” for BPM Success Discusses the positive impact of establishing a BPM Center of Excellence (CoE). TODO
Russell et al including van der Aalst, Workflow Control Patterns: a Revised View. Note: If you need more help understanding patterns and what they’re good for, check this out, or review Patterns in a tutorial or more general BPM book. The treatment of patterns in Chapter 10 of the BPMN specification covers the material we test in this examination, although not always in a heuristic manner. TODO
Philip Russom, Master Data Management: Consensus-Driven Data Definitions for Cross-Application Consistency (Especially the final three sections on Best Practices and Recommendations)

Note: The examination covers best practices for Shared Business Vocabulary, a topic not covered well in BPM literature. Master Data Management, a subset of SBV, is in better shape so we’ve included this document in our list. A web search for “Master Data Management Best Practices” will yield additional resources.

Derek Miers, The Keys to BPM Project Success TODO

OMG Specs

Title Desc Status
Business Motivation Model Specification, V 1.0 Chapters 1,7 and 8

Note: NobleProg used spec v1.1

Presentation is done, Questions needs upgrade
Business Process Maturity Model Specification, V1.0 Section 2.2 (Conformance), 6.1 (Uses), Chapters 7-10 BPMM
Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), V1.1 Chapter 8

Attributes (Section 8.6.1) Note: are included only under Complex Activity Inputs and Outputs, which also encompasses Table B.9 Sections B.11.10 (InputSet), B.11.13 (OutputSet)
Chapter 9
(Sections 9.3, 9.4, 9.5, excluding sections defining Attributes)
Chapter 10
(Sections 10.2, 10.3)

Organization Structure Metamodel Specification Draft NOTE: NOT an adopted specification at this time, V0.5. , Chapter 2 - plus Section 4.2. Not Need (Standard has not been accepted)
Business Process Definition Metamodel specification, Beta 2 Section 1

NOTE: Do NOT attempt to substitute the later, formal version of this specification for the Beta 2 version linked here - The descriptive section sourced for the exam does not carry over to the formal release. http://www.omg.org/cgi-bin/doc?dtc/08-05-10

Business Process Definition MetaModel (BPDM)

Industry Framework

Framework Book/resource Desc Status
GRC Anthony Tarantino, Governance, Risk, and Compliance Handbook, Wiley, 2008. This admittedly weighty tome collects information about virtually every GRC topic, and belongs on the bookshelf of every BPM practitioner at mid-level or higher.

Chapter 1, especially through Section 1.5, provides a good overview and introduction, continued in the early sections of Chapter 2. Also see Chapter 22, Internal Controls Best Practices, through Section 22.4 Types of Automated Controls, and review CobiT (Chapter 13), and SOX (Chapter 67, and the list of SOX Sections on pp 910-915).

NobleProg London Library
Basel II http://www.bis.org/publ/bcbs128.htm This examination covers scope, goals, and organization of Basel II, which you may obtain either from the specification itself, or from a good writeup. TODO
ITIL Rob Addy, Effective IT Service Management to ITIL and Beyond, Springer, 2007 or a basic reference on the scope and goals of ITIL. TODO
SOX Covered in GRC SOX
CobiT Covered in GRC CobiT is covered in Chapter 13 of Tarantino’s Handbook, referenced above. CobiT 4.1 may be downloaded for free at www.isaca.org/cobit/ .
Six Sigma Craig Gygi et al, Six Sigma for Dummies, Wiley, 2005. ISBN-10: 0764567985, or another suitable reference or tutorial. Candidates should know the range of concepts included in Six Sigma, and their definitions. TODO
Balanced Scorecard Robert S. Kaplan, David P. Norton, The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy into Action. Harvard Business School Press, 1996. ISBN-10: 0875846513 or an alternative reference on Balanced Scorecard, covering scope and goals, the four Perspectives, and the KPIs associated with them. Kindle

Orchestration vs Choreography

You’ll find definitions of Choreography in the ebXML Business Process Specification Schema in Section 3.4, and in the BPDM Specification (Beta 1 version) in Section 1 (with some detail added later in the document). We suggest that candidates review both definitions; this will prepare you both for the examination and for situations you will encounter in your practice. Several authors have written about Orchestration and Choreography, including Mike Rosen in the article cited above.