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Business Motivation Model — Closed Issues

  • Acronym: BMM
  • Issues Count: 16
  • Description: Issues resolved by a task force and approved by Board
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Issues Descriptions

MOF compliant BMM

  • Key: BMM12-16
  • Legacy Issue Number: 16397
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: arcor.de ( Thomas Off)
  • Summary:

    I would like to use BMM in a MDA transformation using QVT. Therefore it would be helpful to have a MOF compliant metamodell with BMM. Is a mapping from BMM to MOF already available? Or is it planned for future versions of BMM?

  • Reported: BMM 1.1 — Tue, 26 Jul 2011 04:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — BMM 1.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    There is a MOF-compliant metamodel in the specification.
    Disposition: Closed, no change

  • Updated: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:30 GMT

Support demand side as well as supply side motivation elements

  • Key: BMM12-15
  • Legacy Issue Number: 14187
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: International Business Machines ( Jim Amsden)
  • Summary:

    BMM could consider the tntroduction of outside-in/demand side views of business motivation including DesiredResult ValueProposition and CourseOfAction Capability to compliment the inside-out/ supply-side view.

  • Reported: BMM 1.1 — Wed, 12 Aug 2009 04:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — BMM 1.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    Out of scope for an RTF

  • Updated: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:30 GMT

Internal and External Influencers

  • Key: BMM12-14
  • Legacy Issue Number: 13060
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: Rule ML Initiative ( John Hall)
  • Summary:

    Description:
    'Internal' and 'external' categories of 'influencer' are:
    · A fundamental categorization for business motivation,
    · Relevant to all organizations
    They should be brought back into the normative model.
    Suggested by Ed Barkmeyer (NIST).
    Resolution:
    Add specializations 'internal influencer' and 'external influencer' of 'influencer' to figure 7.3 (page 18).
    Replace "An enterprise can define whatever Influencer Categories it requires" at the beginning of 8.4.2 (page 39) with the following:
    "Influencers impact an enterprise's employment of means or achievement of ends. There are two built-in categories:
    · External: an influencer that is outside the enterprise's organizational boundaries
    · Internal: an influencer from within the enterprise.
    Beyond these, an enterprise can define whatever Influencer Categories it requires"
    Add "(built into BMM)" after "Internal/External" in the second bullet point below figure G2 (page 98)
    Move the definitions of internal influencer and external influence from Annex G (page 101) to Clause 9 (page 65) and replace them on page 101 with:
    "The categories internal influencer and external influencer are built-in to BMM.
    Categories of external influencer include: competitor; customer; environment; partner; goal
    Categories of internal influencer include: assumption; corporate value; habit; infrastructure; issue, management prerogative, resource"
    Discussion:
    This is simply a change of BMM scope, bringing back into scope two concepts that were excluded in the FTF.

  • Reported: BMM 1.1 — Mon, 10 Nov 2008 05:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — BMM 1.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    Bring internal influencer and external influencer back into the normative model.

  • Updated: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:53 GMT

Category of Category

  • Key: BMM12-13
  • Legacy Issue Number: 13059
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: Rule ML Initiative ( John Hall)
  • Summary:

    Categorization (of Assessment, Influencer and Influencing Organization) would be much more flexible, with very limited impact on the metamodel, if the BMM supported categories of categories.
    Suggested by Ed Barkmeyer (NIST) and supported by John Hall (Inferware, Model Systems) and Andy Evans (Xactium)

    Resolution:
    Add the following associations
    Association Location Page
    Broader Organization Category categorizes Narrower Organization Category figure 7.3figure 8.129.19.5 18446673
    Also add text "Organization categories may themselves be categorized in broader categories; a narrower category may be included in more than one broader category" 8.4.3, following 3rd paragraph after figure 8.12
    Broader Influencer Category categorizes Narrower Influencer Category figure 7.3figure 8.129.19.5 18446573
    Also add text "Influencer Categories may themselves be categorized in broader categories; a narrower category may be included in more than one broader category" 8.4.2 following first sentence 39
    Broader Assessment Category categorizes Narrower Assessment Category figure 7.3figure 8.179.19.5 18476072
    Also add text "Categories of assessment may themselves be categorized in broader categories; a narrower category may be included in more than one broader category" 8.4.6.2 following figure 8.17 47
    Discussion:
    No attempt has been made to optimize or generalize the 'category of category' pattern, since the semantics of the three occurrences are local, e.g. an Assessment Category can categorize other Assessment Categories, but not Influencer Categories or Organization Categories.
    Revised Text:

  • Reported: BMM 1.1 — Mon, 10 Nov 2008 05:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — BMM 1.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    Add the following associations to the BMM:
    Broader Organization Category categorizes Narrower Organization Category
    Broader Influencer Category categorizes Narrower Influencer Category
    Broader Assessment Category categorizes Narrower Assessment Category

  • Updated: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:53 GMT

Category of Desired Result

  • Key: BMM12-12
  • Legacy Issue Number: 18865
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: Rule ML Initiative ( John Hall)
  • Summary:

    There is often discussion at OMG meetings about adding new concepts to the BMM. Frequent requests include: key performance indicators, quality criteria, service levels and cost/benefit.
    Adding these new concepts is beyond the scope of an RTF, but much of what is wanted could be accommodated by supporting stakeholder-defined categorization of Desired Result in addition to the built-in categories Goal and Objective. The BMM already does this for other specializations of Motivation Element - Influencer, Influencing Organization and Assessment.
    Stakeholders could then create categories of Desired Result, such as ‘quality’, ‘service level’ and ‘cost/benefit’, and categorize some of them as KPIs.

  • Reported: BMM 1.1 — Tue, 20 Aug 2013 04:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — BMM 1.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    Add Desired Result Category and Desired Result Category categorizes Desired Result to the BMM.
    Include ‘category of category’ as Broader Desired Result Category categorizes More Specific Desired Result Category.
    This would follow the pattern that was used in BMM RTF 1.1 for categorization of three other specializations of Motivation Element: Influencer Category, Organization Category and Assessment Category.

  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:57 GMT

BMM should be aligned with current OMG specifications

  • Key: BMM12-11
  • Legacy Issue Number: 18864
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: Rule ML Initiative ( John Hall)
  • Summary:

    The BMM v1.1 specification:
    • Refers to older versions of the BPMN and SBVR specifications. BMM v1.2 should refer to the current versions of the specifications
    • Refers to the initial submission for the Organization Structure Model (OSM) for the definition of ‘organization unit’. The BMI has voted to discontinue the OSM RFP.
    The Value Delivery Modeling Language (VDML) specification, scheduled for final submission at the September 2013 OMG technical meeting, provides an acceptable definition of ‘organization unit’

  • Reported: BMM 1.1 — Tue, 20 Aug 2013 04:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — BMM 1.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    Update references to BPMN and SBVR to refer to BPMN 2.0 and SBVR 1.1.
    SBVR V1.2 has recently been accepted by the AB. If it is formally published in time for BMM 1.2 publication, the reference can be updated as an editorial correction.
    For BMM’s definition of ‘organization unit’, replace the definition from the OSM initial submission (used in BMM v1.1) with a general definition specific to BMM.
    Add a note that the ‘performer’ concept in BPMN defines organization unit’s role of being responsible for business processes

  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:57 GMT

BMM should specify/standardize a UML profile to support BMM models in UML tools

  • Key: BMM12-10
  • Legacy Issue Number: 17242
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: KnowGravity Inc. ( Markus Schacher)
  • Summary:

    BMM should specify/standardize a UML profile to support BMM models in UML tools

  • Reported: BMM 1.1 — Sat, 17 Mar 2012 04:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — BMM 1.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    Disposition: Closed, out of scope

  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:57 GMT

Statement misplaced

  • Key: BMM12-9
  • Legacy Issue Number: 17091
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: ericsson.com ( Lennart Holm)
  • Summary:

    It seems that the statement “directive governs use of asset” on page 61 appears a bit too early. It should probably be moved to top of page 62.

  • Reported: BMM 1.1 — Mon, 30 Jan 2012 05:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — BMM 1.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    The relevant page numbers in the current document are 63 and 64

  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:57 GMT

Incomplete Application of Closed Issue 10113 - Actionable to Practicable

  • Key: BMM12-8
  • Legacy Issue Number: 16005
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: Business Rule Solutions, LLC ( Ron Ross)
  • Summary:

    Description

    The very first sentence of the resolution to closed issue 10113 says: "The resolution is: · To align BMM definitions of 'directive' and 'business rule' with corresponding definitions in SBVR, using "practicable" and "directly enforceable" instead of "actionable". ..."

    I find two instances of "practicable", both in the current definition of business rule:

    business rule
    Definition directive that is practicable
    Note ‘Practicable’ means that a person who understands a directive could observe a relevant situation (including his or her own behavior) and recognize directly whether or not the business was complying with that directive.

    It looks like to me, the voted resolution of Issue 10113 was simply not propagated to the remainder of the text. I find 10 instances of the word "actionable". All seem to be in explanatory text, not definitions. Here is one example in section 8.2.9. This text is in exact contradiction with the definition above.

    Business Policies provide broader governance or guidance that is not directly actionable. Business Rules provide specific, actionable governance or guidance to implement Business Policies. 'Actionable’ means that a person who understands a Business Rule could observe a relevant situation (including his or her own behavior) and decide directly whether or not the business was complying with the rule.

    Proposed Resolution: Change all 10 instances of "actionable" to "practicable".

  • Reported: BMM 1.1 — Mon, 31 Jan 2011 05:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — BMM 1.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    Change all 10 instances of "actionable" to "practicable".

  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:57 GMT

Standard UML profile for BMM

  • Key: BMM12-7
  • Legacy Issue Number: 14191
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: International Business Machines ( Jim Amsden)
  • Summary:

    BMM could consider defining a standard UML profile for BMM including icons for representing MotivationElement. This would provide a convenient surface language for BMM that would be integrated with UML

  • Reported: BMM 1.1 — Wed, 12 Aug 2009 04:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — BMM 1.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    Disposition: See issue 17242 for disposition

  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:57 GMT

Support services for realizing business motivation

  • Key: BMM12-6
  • Legacy Issue Number: 14190
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: International Business Machines ( Jim Amsden)
  • Summary:

    BMM could consider adding a service placeholder for indicating a means of realizing business motivation (ends or means). This could align with the BMM integration defined in SoaML.

  • Reported: BMM 1.1 — Wed, 12 Aug 2009 04:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — BMM 1.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    Disposition: Closed, out of scope

  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:57 GMT

Support modeling assessment criteria

  • Key: BMM12-5
  • Legacy Issue Number: 14189
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: International Business Machines ( Jim Amsden)
  • Summary:

    BMM could consider supporting a MotivationElement for assessment criteria - name/value pairs that could be used to quantify an assessment and enable comparisons of different assessments. This could be used to create "heat maps" of goals and strategies that have the greatest potential effect on the system.

  • Reported: BMM 1.1 — Wed, 12 Aug 2009 04:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — BMM 1.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    Disposition: Closed, out of scope

  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:57 GMT

Support Decisions

  • Key: BMM12-4
  • Legacy Issue Number: 14188
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: International Business Machines ( Jim Amsden)
  • Summary:

    BMM could consider supporting Decisions as a placeholder for realizing business rules. Further information is available from Larry Goldberg of KPI and in his book "the Decision Model: A Business Framework for SOA"

  • Reported: BMM 1.1 — Wed, 12 Aug 2009 04:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — BMM 1.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    Issue 11812 merged with this one
    Disposition: Closed, out of scope

  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:57 GMT

Issues on BMM Beta 3 dtc/07-08-03 table 8.9

  • Key: BMM12-3
  • Legacy Issue Number: 12281
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: Adaptive ( Pete Rivett)
  • Summary:

    Table 8.9 has the first entry duplicated in the second (which has some additional text)

  • Reported: BMM 1.1 — Sun, 16 Mar 2008 04:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — BMM 1.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    No Data Available

  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:57 GMT

Issues on BMM Beta 3 dtc/07-08-03 table 8.2

  • Key: BMM12-2
  • Legacy Issue Number: 12280
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: Adaptive ( Pete Rivett)
  • Summary:

    Table 8.2 has a duplicate line:

    EU-Rent To provide industry-leading customer service

  • Reported: BMM 1.1 — Sun, 16 Mar 2008 04:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — BMM 1.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    Change Figure 8.20 to insert “Fixed Asset” between “Offering” and “Asset” so that:
    • “Offering” is shown as a specialization of “Fixed Asset”
    • “Fixed Asset” is shown as a specialization of “Asset”
    • “Offering” is not shown as a direct specialization of “Asset”

  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:57 GMT

Should BMM include business rules, decisions, both, or neither

  • Key: BMM12-1
  • Legacy Issue Number: 11812
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: Knowledge Partners, Inc. ( Paul Vincent)
  • Summary:

    At the BMI meeting on 10Dec07/Burlingame, there was a discussion on decision modeling and its relationship to existing modeling needs and standards. An action from the meeting was to raise the question of whether business decisions per se should be defined in BMM alongside, or instead of, business rules, or whether business motivation per se should be independent of business decisions (and/or business rules).

    {This was considered a possible issue for a BMM v2 RFP, but I am raising it with the RTF on the basis that it is up to the RTF to determine whether any “issue” is for a future version or not.}

    [From my understanding of BMM v1.2, processes are defined outside of BMM, and probably decisions are related more to processes and are guided by business rules / driven by policies.]

    Caveat: this is going to be difficult to answer without a formal definition of a decision model. And I am not going to define one at this stage of discussions! J

    However, it is probably safe to assume that a Decision Table (which I define as a table of conditional elements with some action as a conclusion, rather than the fact definition type of “Decision Table” that Donald was telling me is defined as a part of SBVR) is an instance of a Decision Model. And that you invoke decision tables (and services) in process activities in order to direct processes (and services). But decisions may be defined separately from process, of course, although their “execution” (manual or automated) context is probably always going to be in a process of some kind.

    Disclaimer: this issue may be subject to revision as the terminology is refined.

    2 cents of Comment: I think the answer is “yes, decisions are related to motivation but are not part of motivation”. I will leave to others the discussion on whether (SBVR type) business rules are part of motivation or a simply related to motivation.

  • Reported: BMM 1.0 — Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — BMM 1.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    Disposition: See issue 14188 for disposition

  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:57 GMT