A business notation?

Posted by Kirsten Gibbs on November 20, 2018
  • Here’s what I think works well:

    • Simplicity. A small number of elements with very few variations. In the above example, bubbles represent Activities, the arrows the pathways that can be taken through them.

    • Plain language – what I call ‘Anglo-Saxon’ – as spoken by ordinary people. Active verbs, combined where needed with a single noun. Together they express the desired outcome of the Activity.

    • Some rigour, but not rigidity. The aim is to communicate the what to a competent and intelligent human being, not a robot or a computer. A bit of fuzziness is tolerable if it helps to get the idea across in an uncluttered way.

    Here’s how another real example looks:

array(5) { [0]=> object(WP_Term)#909 (10) { ["term_id"]=> int(1) ["name"]=> string(32) "Discipline makes Daring possible" ["slug"]=> string(32) "discipline-makes-daring-possible" ["term_group"]=> int(0) ["term_taxonomy_id"]=> int(1) ["taxonomy"]=> string(8) "category" ["description"]=> string(0) "" ["parent"]=> int(0) ["count"]=> int(287) ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [1]=> object(WP_Term)#910 (10) { ["term_id"]=> int(41) ["name"]=> string(18) "Enabling Framework" ["slug"]=> string(18) "enabling-framework" ["term_group"]=> int(0) ["term_taxonomy_id"]=> int(41) ["taxonomy"]=> string(8) "category" ["description"]=> string(0) "" ["parent"]=> int(28) ["count"]=> int(38) ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [2]=> object(WP_Term)#911 (10) { ["term_id"]=> int(42) ["name"]=> string(14) "Process Design" ["slug"]=> string(14) "process-design" ["term_group"]=> int(0) ["term_taxonomy_id"]=> int(42) ["taxonomy"]=> string(8) "category" ["description"]=> string(0) "" ["parent"]=> int(41) ["count"]=> int(79) ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [3]=> object(WP_Term)#912 (10) { ["term_id"]=> int(28) ["name"]=> string(20) "Responsible Autonomy" ["slug"]=> string(20) "responsible-autonomy" ["term_group"]=> int(0) ["term_taxonomy_id"]=> int(28) ["taxonomy"]=> string(8) "category" ["description"]=> string(0) "" ["parent"]=> int(0) ["count"]=> int(124) ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [4]=> object(WP_Term)#913 (10) { ["term_id"]=> int(50) ["name"]=> string(25) "The Autonomous Enterprise" ["slug"]=> string(25) "the-autonomous-enterprise" ["term_group"]=> int(0) ["term_taxonomy_id"]=> int(50) ["taxonomy"]=> string(8) "category" ["description"]=> string(0) "" ["parent"]=> int(1) ["count"]=> int(128) ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } }
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