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Process Linkage Analysis Method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110174D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 84K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Yaung, AT: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is disclosed that provides a structured approach to the analysis of process linkage. With the new method, accurate and efficient process linkage analysis can be achieved. (Image Omitted)

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Process Linkage Analysis Method

       A method is disclosed that provides a structured approach
to the analysis of process linkage.  With the new method, accurate
and efficient process linkage analysis can be achieved.

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      A process link (or link for short) is a data flow passing
information from one process to another.  It is a customer-supplier
relationship.  The process that delivers the information (i.e.,
deliverables) through the link is a supplier of the other process. On
the other hand, the process that receives the information (i.e.,
receivables) through the link is a customer of the other process.  A
linkage matrix can be constructed to capture the interrelationship
among these processes.  In the linkage matrix, each row corresponds
to a process in its role as supplier, and each column corresponds to
a process in its role as customer.  Each cell in the matrix
represents one of the four situations:
o  No link is identified between two processes.
o  A connected link (C) - Both processes fully recognize the link
between them.  One process delivers information, and the other
receives it.  No linkage mismatch exists.
o  A delivering link (D) - The connection between two processes is
disjointed.  Even though the delivering process is passing
deliverables through the link, the customer process does not
recognize its supplier.
o  A receiving link (R) - The linkage is also disco...