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iGrafx Tips and Tricks 2011

iGrafx Tips & Tricks are designed to help you discover the power of iGrafx. Whatever client modeling tool you have, the library below will help you to customize iGrafx and correctly map, model and simulate the specific steps in your processes. Download a few or download them all.

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Modeling the Flow of Transactions

Title Description
Transforming transactions Implicitly transform transactions as they flow through a process.
Transforming transactions with attributes Use attributes to explicitly transform transactions as they flow through a process.
Routing transactions by attribute Route transactions depending on the value of a transaction attribute.
Transactions that renege or abandon Model transactions (e.g. calls) that abandon if they wait too long in a queue.
Batching transactions by time Make transactions wait until a specific time of day before being processed.
Simple branching and joining One method for branching transactions that are later joined back together.
More branching and joining Three methods for splitting transactions for parallel processing then joining the transactions later.
Controlling one flow with another Model process behavior using scenario attributes that control the process flow.
Stopping transaction flow When necessary, one flow can stop related transactions moving through another flow.
High priority transactions Model transactions that have priority over other transactions.

Modeling Resources

Title Description
Acquiring and releasing resources Acquire and hold a resource to perform multiple activities on a transaction.
Department dedicated resources After a transaction acquires a resource always use the same resource in the future.
Scheduled and unscheduled downtime Model resources that are periodically unavailable due to scheduled maintenance or random breakdowns.
Schedules and shifts Model separate pools of workers in the same department with different work schedules.
Resource contention Define separate process flows that contend for the same resource.
Part time resources Define and use resources that are only available for a portion of the day.

Analysis and Reporting

Title Description
Analyzing cycle and service time Report both cycle time (which includes inactive time) and service time (which excludes inactive time).
Eliminating warm-up time Gather simulation results after a startup and stabilization time period has elapsed.
Analyzing costs Report and analyze process and activity costs in order to maximize profits.
Measuring part of a flow Use monitors to focus analysis and reporting on a small portion of the process map.

Additional Tips

Title Description
Modeling hierarchy Create hierarchical process models where activities call subordinate processes.
Modeling activity capacity Model special activities that have limited capacity not related to worker availability.

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