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The workshop is designed to shorten the learning curve and to accelerate the effective usage of iGrafx Process. It will supply you with the skills and knowledge to make this state of the art simulation solution work for you and your organization. This is a two-day course; the first day introduces process diagramming and process data entry, while the second day focuses on modeling and simulation.

The course material is divided into eleven 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.

Course Outline

Topic 1 through 2: Introduction to iGrafx, and Creating a Process Diagram

A process diagram, or flowchart, is a graphical representation of a process. Students learn to create and modify process diagrams using basic diagramming methods. This includes manipulating swimlanes, shapes, connection lines, and text. The students add and modify case text to represent the output of decision activities in the process, as well as other methods for creating and modifying process diagrams.

Topic 3: Advanced Process Diagramming

Students learn to create and manipulate shape numbers, incorporate phase lines in their diagram, and use 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 your process diagramming.

Topic 4: Data Entry, Hierarchy, and Document Management Overview

Each shape on a process diagram may describe behavior, including for use with simulation. Students learn to capture, enter, and display fundamental process data and metrics for each shape. A single iGrafx file may contain many process diagrams. You may directly link these processes together to create subprocesses (hierarchy), or they may remain parallel processes. Process diagrams from one file are easily merged into another iGrafx file. Students learn to create, modify, and manage process diagrams

Topic 5: The Tabular View and Export/Import

The default view of a diagram is the Normal view. The Tabular view provides an alternate view. Students learn to create, edit, and use the tabular view to document a process. In addition, the tabular view may be Exported (e.g. to Excel), and data may be imported from ODBC-compliant databases.

Topic 6: Printing, Publishing, and Other Input/Output

Students learn the mechanisms for sharing their work with others, including printing, and publishing to various electronic formats. Students also learn about linking and embedding information with the standard Windows (OLE) functionality, and importing Visio® files into iGrafx®.

Topic 7: Additional Diagram Types

Many different diagram types may be quickly and easily created in iGrafx. Diagrams that the student learns about include Cause and Effect, Lean Value Stream Map (VSM), BPMN, OrgChart, and other diagram types.

Topic 8: Simulation Overview

There are three components in a process simulation model. The three components are: Processes, Scenarios, and Reports. Students learn to manipulate each component to describe and analyze their business 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 activity to activity along directed connection lines. Students learn to control the flow of transactions using attributes, functions, and expressions.

Topic 10: Activities

Each activity in a process diagram may have a behavior assigned to it. Using the Properties dialog box, students learn to describe activity behaviors such as batching, resource requirements, work, delay, sub processes, splits, 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.

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