After many complications of changing the focus of the new book, and then changing employers half way through writing, we are done. It’s only two years behind schedule. But I can tell you that it’s probably worth the wait. Tom D. and I have written a book that is not only about the BPMN specification. It’s about process modeling, with BPMN as the means to express the concepts. We are calling the book The Microguide to Process Modeling in BPMN 2.0, which is a combination of what we call Process Modeling 2.0 and the BPMN 2.0 specification in one. The BPMN 2.0 content comprises about 40% of this book, and the rest is focused on process modeling technique.
In this new book we are including some new groundbreaking material about merging business rules and complex event processing along with traditional process modeling. According to most leading industry analysts (Gartner, Forrester, IDC, etc), we are at a point where techniques and technologies are merging. This level of complexity and sophistication requires an overarching governance methodology to be successful. For this reason I included 30+ paged dedicated to the Process Modeling Framework (PMF). Thirty pages is not nearly enough on this topic, but at least it’s enough to get started with understanding layered process structures. The Microguide book strategy is to give a jump-start on the topic of process modeling but yet provide enough details to use the content in the real-world.
I still have plans to publish the process patterns book and the more detailed PMF book. But because of my fairly recent career path change, my perspective has greatly changed. And, the industry as a whole has changed since 2008. We are now in the fourth wave. Therefore the content I had previously created has to be updated.
Keep your eyes open for the new book. It should be showing up on Amazon.com by mid June 2011. And thanks again for everyone’s support on making the search term “BPMN” on Amazon.com list my previous book in the top three.
– Rick Geneva