Review of the PegaBPM Methodology

In this blog post I aim to provide an appraisal of the Pega Developer Network articles “What is the SmartBPM Methodology?” and “Using Pega BPM with PRPC“, based on my experiences working on Pega projects in the field.

I am a Certified Pega Business Architect (7.2) and Pega Methodology Black Belt, […]

Pega 7.2: business objectives, requirements and specifications

If you are a Pega Business Architect, you will be familiar with Pega’s feature that lets you connect Business Objectives, Requirements and Specifications.

This feature is excellent for traceability but it may surprise you to know that I don’t use it exactly the way Pega tells you to.

Business […]

Complexity versus Difficulty

On software development projects people have to estimate the effort involved. In doing so, one of the things analysts are asked to consider is the complexity of a process, but it surprises me how often analysts confuse complexity with difficulty.

The two concepts are mutually exclusive. A process can be simple, […]

Pegasystem’s BA Certification

I am recognised by Pegasystems as a Certified Business Architect. But what does that mean?

As you may know, Pega has Direct Capture of Objectives (DCO), a useful set of tools which can be used by experienced requirements analysts during the Inception and Elaboration phases of a Pega development to directly […]

Pega 7 DCO: a business analyst’s perspective

Direct Capture of Objectives has a revamped the look and feel in Pega 7 but little has changed.

What is the same?

Business Objectives Actors Requirements

What has changed?

Work Types are now called Case Types but the underlying thing seems to be the same. Use Cases are now […]

Use Cases in PRPC – Part 4

Continuing on from Use Cases in PRPC – Part 3, the following tables will give Pega Business Architects an idea of how to use PRPC’s “Use Case Rule” to capture details about your Atomic Use Case.

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Use Cases in PRPC – Part 3

Continuing on from Use Cases in PRPC – Part 2, the following tables will give Pega Business Architects an idea of how to use PRPC’s “Use Case Rule” to capture details about your Software Use Case.

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Use Cases in PRPC – Part 2

In Part 1, we took a look at Pega’s definition of a Use Case and what the Application Profile Wizard allows Pega Business Architects to capture. In Part 2, we shall now take a look at four different types of Use Case and how they relate to PRPC.

Business Use Case […]

BPMN in Pegasystems PRPC Flow Rules

There is a perception that Pegasystems PRPC can be used to create BPMN-compliant process models. However, I consider this perception to be incorrect.

This slide show takes you through my reasoning, but I can sum up my conclusion with a golf analogy:

No matter how good your 3-iron is, you can’t turn it into an […]

Adding new requirement types to PRPC

In a previous post I lamented the limited list of default requirement types that PRPC provides. However, there is a way to extend that list.

A few months ago I was working as a Pega Business Architect and I asked a Pega Certified Lead Systems Architect (a former Pega employee, in […]