This workshop is designed for those who need to use the process mapping, modeling, and simulation features of iGrafx Process for Six Sigma within the context of BPMN diagramming. Six Sigma methodology training is helpful, but is not required.
The course material is divided into twelve areas of discussion. Each topic incrementally builds on knowledge obtained in the previous section. During the lecture/discussion portion of each topic, students replicate the instructor's examples on their own computers. Lab exercises are used to reinforce iGrafx Process concepts.
Duration: 3 days
Topic 1: Introduction to iGrafx
The iGrafx solution, including common windowing, toolbars, Help system, and other features are introduced.
Topic 2: Introduction to BPMN Diagramming
A BPMN Business Process Diagram, or BPD, is a graphical representation of one or more processes. We first focus on a single Process. Students learn what BPMN is, and how to create and modify process diagrams using basic diagramming methods. This includes manipulating shapes, connection lines, and text. The students learn the basic flow object types (Activity, Event, and Gateway), using artifacts such as text, zooming and viewing, as well as other methods for creating and modifying process diagrams.
Topic 3: Advanced BPMN Diagramming
Students learn about Pools and Lanes (Departments), Messages, and more advanced behavioral information on flow objects, as well as using Events on boundaries for Exception handling. A detailed lab applies learning topics.
Topic 4: Customizing the Diagram
Students learn to extend and customize the diagram in BPMN-compliant ways. Topics include how to link to reference data, create and manipulate shape numbers, incorporate phase lines in their diagram, and use Link Events (on and off page connectors) to manage page breaks in the process diagram. Advanced diagram formatting options are reviewed, as well as redefining default settings while creating a process diagram. Templates are introduced as alternate starting points for process diagramming.
Topic 5: Publishing, and Tools
Students learn the mechanisms for moving data out of iGrafx products. Topics covered include printing, publishing to PDF, Microsoft Office®, or web format. General tool functionality and configuration is also covered.
Topic 6: The Tabular View and Input/Output of Data
The default view of a diagram is the Normal (graphical) view. The Tabular view provides an alternate view of the diagram information. Students learn to create and edit a process using the tabular view. Export of tabular data to Excel is also discussed. Importing Visio® and other non-iGrafx files, and linking and embedding information with the standard Windows (OLE) functionality, is covered.
Topic 7: Additional Diagram Types
The iGrafx applications provide special functionality for various types of diagrams. This topic provides information on how to use Cause and Effect, FMEA, Lean Value Stream Map, non-BPMN ‘Process’ diagrams, Prioritization Matrices and Sheets, and Organizational Chart type diagrams.
Topic 8: Simulation Overview
There are three components in a process simulation model: Processes, Scenarios, and Reports. Students learn to manipulate Scenarios and Reports to describe and analyze their processes. The Trace (animation) mode of process simulation is introduced. Students use animation to follow the flow of transactions during simulation and analyze a process for bottlenecks.
Topic 9: Attributes, Functions, and Expressions
A transaction flows through a process from one flow object to the next on directed lines. Students learn to control the flow of the process using attributes, functions, and expressions.
Topic 10: Flow Object Properties
Each flow object in a process diagram may have a behavior assigned to it. Using the Properties dialog box, students learn to describe flow object behaviors such as collecting inputs, resource acquisition requirements, task options, duplicating, decisions, and more.
Topic 11: Simulation Project
A five-step process for executing a simulation project is introduced. Students are introduced to the five-step methodology, and use these methods to analyze and improve a process for optimal resource utilization.
Topic 12: SixSigma
iGrafx Process for Six Sigma contains functionality for the Six Sigma practitioner including the ability to move data to and from MINITAB® for analysis. Six Sigma examples and case studies are used to demonstrate modeling and analysis techniques used by Six Sigma practitioners. Students learn to convert measured data into expressions used to refine a simulation model, to execute Rapid Design of Experiments, and to log transactions output from simulation to MINITAB for further analysis.
iGrafx Process for Six Sigma training that does not use the BPMN standard is also available.
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