PaR - Processes as RequirementsIntroduction

PaR - Processes as Requirements

methodical framework


"Did your processes become a heavyweight backpack to be carried by the projects?
And not a lightweight intrinsic approach that really helps the projects?
It gets better when processes are designed as requirements that are reused in the projects.
And this automatically suggests establishing process platforms for product platforms."
           (Ralf Bürger)


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 13. Apr.
  • The updates here get less, but the work in the background gets more and more. I'm still working with Max on the booklet for Polarion, with Bernhard on the one for Jira with R4J, I joined several conferences and discussions to align with many interesting people, read some interesting books and get connected with the authors.
  • But mainly I worked on "PaR - The Book": I ordered a print as hardcover for the first time, made a deep review and changed a lot to improve look & feel, reading, wording and consistency.
  • I also improved the "art of process design" with diagrams, explained the required tool features in much more detail, and improved the process risks topic and much more. It will take some more weeks to really get done with the enhancements and then I will add more ideas from my backlog.
  • Stay tuned - it's worth it! Meanwhile check the teaser of The Book - I have updated and exchanged some pages.
 21. Mar.
  • The chapter 9.4 of The Book now has an introduction sub-chapter that separates the basic required tool features from the advanced ones. This idea came from a discussion with Bernhard (ease solutions) about the Jira/R4J booklet and the features discussed there. I took the opportunity to enhance the other sub-chapters for all the features a little bit more, also with screenshots. I think this helps a lot in getting an impression of how PaR can be implemented, and this always is a point in the discussions. I also improved the index with the help of a bottle of white wine (defining the index is really tough!) and I ordered a test print for The Book as hard cover for the first time because it just went past the 150 pages. I'm really looking forward to hold it in my hands, also as motivation to continue in this tough project phase!!!
 16. Mar.
  • More and more often I realize that many companies, consultants and tool makers discuss how the designed processes shall be distributed and how important it is that the teams accept them. On a conference last week the keynote was discussing the paradigms for transformation, e.g. from push to pull. All of the discussed ideas and aspects are covered by PaR, focusing on the project teams and emphasizing a learning culture. But I also warn about switching from one extreme to the other one: don't kick out the graphical process design. It gives good overviews and helps. Instead stop at a certain level and then support it by PaR. In The Book I'm currently working on the chapters 4.2 about not detailing too much and 4.3 about the art of process design.
 03. Mar.
  • The booklet "PaR - for Polarion" is almost done - thanks Max for doing a great job here. We are now in final review sessions within the community and within Fraunhofer IESE. This also already lead to minor changes on the community page "About us" and the "Downloads" page. Further more, we plan to show it up on XING and LinkedIn and other communities as soon as it is fully done. And then we will focus on "PaR - for Jira" with Bernhard from ease solutions.
 01. Mar.
  • A discussion was going on in the last weeks about joining the conference re:work in September in Berlin again and also other conferences when the Corona thing is done.
  • We also discussed typical process design and project scenarios with typical tool use cases (chapter 11 in The Book).
  • I also improved the chapter 9.3 in The Book about the needed tool features for PaR; this also helps the people working on the tool booklets and tool implementations.
  • We further discussed in the community about the UML/SysML representation/implementation of the PaRis. Thanks to the community for supporting all these the discussions.
 15. Feb.
  • The chapter "UML in PaRis" in The Book is now filled to explain the even more detailed PaRis by UML elements and relations. Thereby I again changed some of the relation types to make it more consistent and clearer.
 14. Feb.
  • The "PaRticular cases" in chapter 11 of The Book now have names according to a common pattern, are sorted along the "Enterprise Life cycle Management" which is shown by a diagram also. It makes much more sense now and feels a lot better.
 13. Feb.
  • I did some fine-tuning on the "PaR - for Jama", based on the experience with the "PaR - for Polarion" that is currently in work with Max.
  • The chapter 9.3 of The Book now describes in detail the requested product features, for each also showing the summary from The Booklet as an introduction. Screenshots from various tools show example usage of the described features. I hope this chapter now is a good help for Max and Bernhard also who currently work on the tool booklets for Polarion and for Jira. Now this chapter is ready for continuous improvements.
 12. Feb.
  • Max Schmitt from IESE Fraunhofer did a very good job on the exemplary PaR implementation for Polarion. He used my draft document do create the "PaR - for Polarion" tool booklet. I just finished a review round and in the next step I will give it a try to work in Polarion according to this documentation. We expect publishing the document on the Downloads web page in about a month.
 08. Feb.
  • Together with Martin Becker from IESE Fraunhofer I'm starting to work out typical PaR scenarios in process design and projects to show how to handle them practically. This will also end up in use cases of the requested tool features. Currently it is chapter 11 of The Book - I hope this is not an evil omen ;-)
 02. Feb.
  • I started to create an exemplary simple business process to show why PaR is not really made for that but rather for complex projects. But I will use that simple example also to explain how creating a process landscape with a graphical process design tool makes sense and on which level it is good to step over to PaR. It will end up in an example for The Book as well as for future trainings.
 25. Jan.
  • I have uploaded an update of The Book PDF to the MS Teams channel for the community. I also updated and uploaded the 16-page PDF teaser of The Book to the website, available for download for the public.
 24. Jan.
  • I worked the whole week on The Book. After adding a photo for every big part, I now consequently structured The Book in 5 parts, each one introduced by a photo and a quick overview. I also added an "inside front cover" and a preface page. The Contents does not have a photo anymore and is reformatted. And then there are a lot of other detailed points. Overall, it looks much more structured and professional now, and it helps the reader as an orientation through The Book.
 17. Jan.
  • The next test print of The Book (ordered 22.Dec., received yesterday) showed some improvement potential for the print, e.g. diagram resolutions, borders, text sizes, but also a strange order in the detailed UML diagrams. I corrected all of those findings yesterday evening (night) and today and uploaded a new PDF version of The Book to the MS Teams channel 6-under-PaR of the PaR community.
    I also finished the storyboard for the opening and closing video clips and started the one for the first of The Splashes. See the new screenshot of The Brain example extract on the page The Videos.
 16. Jan.
  • For the short explanation videos that I will make for The Splashes in the next weeks I was thinking a lot about common "Opening Credits" (see The Brain screenshot on the page The Videos) and "End Titles". Aslo, out of hundreds of music titles from several platforms, I found a nice title that I like very much, and the founder and owner of made a friendly GEMA-free commercial license offer. I watched a lot of videos from my YouTube Tesla community subscriptions from a different point of view to catch some ideas from those who have >10.000 followers, and I also checked some tutorials, e.g. from Videosmith for templates. My DJI OSMO Mobile Prime Combo was delivered yesterday and now I'm waiting for my new iPhone 12 Pro to take the first clips in Dolby Vision with the awesome 52mm Tele. Stay tuned ;-)
 13. Jan.
  • Today I spend quite some hours on the PaR YouTube channel to prepare it for the upcoming video sessions. Up to now it was my private channel that I misused for the videos of the re:WORK conference Berlin 2020. Now I created a banner that is suitable for all media types, renamed everything, added the PaR abstract diagram as logo and did some configuration under the hood. See the page "The Videos".
 12. Jan.
  • I worked the whole day (and part of the night) on my brain, I mean "The Brain". That is a kind of dynamic mind manager tool, pretty interactive and n-dimensional. This helps me planning and managing the next big steps, also together with the community members. See a screenshot of my PaR brain at the bottom of the page "About me".
 11. Jan.
  • First real community weekly session "6-under-PaR" in 2021. Today our community member Bernhard Doleschel from Ease Solutions gave an introduction to the tool Jira with their plug-in R4J (Requirements for Jira). We worked together on that in the past weeks to create an exemplary reference implementation of PaR. Thanks for the good session Bernhard!
 05. Jan.
  • Ok, my manual HTML4 formatting of the website is pretty old-school, but that's what I can do and I still prefer content over form and design. Instead of the "optimal size ..." hint at the bottom left below the menu and the CC, now I have added a ruler for optimal width just above these news - isn't that cool? :-) With having that removed below the menu, now I also united the "Legal" and the "Formal" section of the menu into a common "Formal" section - saves some space for laptop screens with small height.
 03. Jan.
  • The Booklet is now listed by Amazon, see the new link on the page "How to buy" - but of course we all should prefer epubli who prints and ships it anyway.
  • I spent the last couple of days also on a new sub-chapter in The Book on writing requirements, good requirements, good enough. From 2010 to 2014 I had given trainings on requirements engineering and management for >DEUTSCHE KONGRESS<, all over Germany and in Switzerland, at least four times a year. For later PaR trainings I will come back to them. I had created a book scripture of 215 pages as handout that I also used as template for The Book of PaR now. The core of the script and training always was about "good enough" requirements. I now summarized this as a chapter in The Book, to be extended with specialties for PaR.
  • The Book Teaser made it onto this homepage also, and now it shows the word "Teaser" also on the thumbnail image everywhere. In addition I refined the pages FAQ and "Book vs. Booklet" just a bit.
 02. Jan.
  • The last change in The Booklet before publishing was on the relations wording again and very few other words. After publishing I added the full title and the ISBN number with the publishing date to the imprint of the PDF, and then I uploaded it again to the website. From now on I will continuously improve The Booklet and provide the updates to the community or upon request. I plan to re-publish The Booklet on a yearly base, because I know that there always will be changes because that's the way it goes. I also just added a FAQ on the corresponding web page for the prices of The Booklet and The Book.
 01. Jan.
  • Happy New Year - I am starting 2021 with publishing The Booklet as ISBN 978-3-753141-74-9, see the page "How to buy" and the link to epubli there.
 31. Dec.
  • Somehow 2020 for me was my best year as well as my worst year, due to PaR and Corona. And somehow I have a feeling that 2021 will get even better as well as worse. The Booklet is ready for publishing and continuos improvement, and The Book now got more than 100 pages, a good structure and many interesting aspects. Therefore, I just changed the menu of the website again and added a new page that compares The Book with The Booklet.
  • I wish you all a healthy and successful 2021, full of fun with PaR ;-) #StayAtHome
 23. Dec.
  • I now created a 16-page teaser of "The Book" that is available from the downloads page and the how-to-buy page.
  • "The Book" should look like a book and not like a technical specification. I am aware that it is not a novel and that the full story may be quite boring here and there for some people, and a few photos may make it more personal and more attractive. So I selected 5 photos from my traveling that somehow can make a relation to the content and added them at the beginning of the main parts of The Book: introducing the table of contents and the main introductory part with the key of PaR, the PaRty Time leading to the platform topics, explaining the PaRadigm Shift, going into the tools with the features and metrics, and having the index at the end.
  • I ordered a new test print again after 6 more weeks working on The Book. I also ordered a - hopefully final before publishing - test print for The Booklet.
 19. Dec.
  • I now also updated the German edition of "The Booklet" ("Das Heft"), mainly reworking the relations descriptions, highlighting the 5 keywords in the explanation, and the page of the "PaRadigm shift".
  • Also in "The Book" I improved the "PaRadigm shift", but here the content of the corresponding chapter of "The Booklet" is a sub-chapter only, called "5.1 Rebuilding PaRadise" (inspired by National Geographics Films). Here it is also 2 pages because in fact I have more to say about it than it is suitable for "The Booklet". In "The Book" I also started to explain at least a bit the magic V cycle in "4.8 Uniting for a truly holistic approach". For the community members the update is now available in our MS Teams channel "6-under-PaR".
  • I added Bernhard to the impressums of the documents because he is getting more and more into the feedback loops and co-work.
 16. Dec.
  • I now updated the booklet "PaR - for Jama" regarding the latest changes in wording and diagrams. Also, I worked with Bernhard Doleschel from ease solutions on the exemplary Jira with R4J implementation, and we already started the booklet "PaR - for Jira with R4J", but it is not yet ready for download (although the new front page already shows up there).
 CW 50
  • The Booklet pages 7-9 are reworked regarding the relations after the UML definition in The Book.
  • Also, page 7 has been refined, reworded, restructured and recolored ;-)
  • The 5 keywords are now highlighted on the pages 7-9, again in blue bold italic style, repeating from the one-pager, the table of contents and the challenges.
  • Thanks to the good discussion with Andrea in a community session I reworked the content of the "PaRadigm shift" page in The Booklet.
 CW 49
  • The chapter "Uniting for a truly holistic approach" now shows a supersize V-Model for the first time. Martin wants to address this topic at universities also.
  • I changed the comments on the diagrams for REG and COP to make it more consistent.
  • I took the opportunity to change all arrows of the overview PaRis diagrams to 3px thickness and large style arrow ends.
 CW 48
  • Most document titles now got the addition "methodical framework".
  • In all documents the short versions of the 5 challenges now have the key word upfront, also in an italic shape.
  • I use the term "approach" now only for "agile approaches" or "platform approaches".
  • I added a chapter "Dark side of PaR", where I explain what typically can go wrong with PaR also.
 CW 47
  • Checked all PaR web pages and adapted as needed (mainly the PaRade and a new question for this in the FAQ).
  • From the German translation I figured out that "legal" should better be replaced by "laws" for terminology consistency.
  • I reworked the SWOT after exactly 3 months now.
  • In all documents it is now either "PaR" or "the PaR framework" or a "methodical framework".
  • With a license for Lucidchart from I created the draft of a more technical PaRis in UML with defined UML action relations.
  • Attending the >25th anniversary< event of Scrum. The changes also help me for PaR, which gives the processes more in the hands of the teams by definition.
  • In a community session we had a very good introduction to Organizational Change Management and KPI/Measuring from Sylwia.
 CW 45
  • I refined "The Splashes", on the web page, in The Deck and in The Booklet in different order.
  • At the end of The Booklet I use a before empty page now for the introduction of the chapter "PaRadigm shift" from "The Book".
  • The measurement KPIs and the tool features are now numbered.
  • Good start implementing PaR in Jira with R4J with Bernhard Doleschel from ease solutions.
  • Working in miro with my new team license and the video chat was really fine in the recent community session.
  • The detailed PaRis now got real cyclic arrows between the cascaded COP and Project boxes. Good idea Andrea, thanks!
  • I now have described example item type fields in a table in the tool feature section of "The Book".
  • I started to create the index for "The Book", and while doing so I figured out that I mixed the words "merge" and "unite" at several places.
  • Started with Max from IESE Fraunhofer to implement PaR in Polarion.
  • I now provide the "Code of Conduct" also in German to end the discussions about the interpretation of the English wording.
  • Adding Ease Solutions to the page "About us". Bernhard from Ease Solutions joins the PaR community and we want to implement a reference solution of PaR for Jira with R4J.
  • I registered further domains for PaR and configured http redirections.
  • In the book I extended the "PaRadigm shift" because it is soooooo important.
  • Several good discussions ongoing after the presentation of PaR at the re:WORK conference in Berlin. Some people and companies are also actively working on in.
  • Working on "The Book" to describe Product Family Engineering with a nice diagram.
  • I reworked in "The Book" the "Cascading what and how" and also the diagram, to show real cascades instead of a 2x2 matrix.
  • For the German "The Booklet" ("Das Heft") I now also translated the diagram elements to German.
  • Now also the English video and slides of the PaR introduction at the re:WORK conference are online.
  • The PPTX of both English and German decks are available in MS Teams for the community now.
  • Attendees of the re:WORK conference requested "The Book" as Draft PDF - and they got it instantly of course. From the discussions I also enhanced the new FAQ page.
  • The 30min video for the re:WORK is done and uploaded to YouTube; slides as MS PowerPoint and PDF.
  • Sascha had a discussion with IBM about their implementation of ASPICE and automotive process in ELM - pretty close to PaR. We agreed on continuing the discussion.
  • Posting The Splashes on XING in a weekly cycle.
  • Thanks to Martin from IESE Fraunhofer I can present the PaR approach at the >re:WORK 2020 conference< in Berlin 27.Sep-29.Sep.
  • The German translation of "The Booklet" is done and available for free download now.
  • The new "WOP" item type is now briefly explained in "The Booklet" and "The Book"
  • Created a template from the "PaR - for Jama". The tool implementation exemplifications now are for free download also.
  • First PaR Community Weekly with 5/10 people on 07.Sep., exactly one month after going online with the website.
  • Microsoft Teams PaR team with channel "6-under-PaR" set up.
  • I got my new RØDE microphone, Logitech StreamCam, Logitech Capture app and the studio Soft Light (with more than 100 LEDs) - see fotos on page "About me".
  • "The Deck" is new with 18 PDF slides that can be used in presentations.
  • "The Insert" is new - download, print, fold, insert into multipage documents, for overview to ease reading and as book mark.
  • All Splashes and the article are presented one after the other on LinkedIn and the Website.
  • First time I sent a newsletter to the community, since we are more than 10 now.
  • Almost everything is now provided under >CC BY-SA 4.0< as described in Impressum/Legal and each document offered for download or sale.
  • The Needs and benefits are numbered now, and they are now referenced in the explanations. But the detailed requirements are for "The Book" only.
  • The covers are simplified by removing the explanatory texts from the diagrams.
  • Impressum in "The Booklet" and "The Book" reworked completely to prepare publishing with ISBN, thanks to the author support of epubli.
  • Used the SWOT to rework "The Slide" and "The Page" for the challenges and solutions as well as the benefits.
  • The PaRis diagrams now show the "Project" cascaded in the middle, because helping the projects is our focus.
  • The website of the new domains https://ProcessesAsRequirements.* is now (07.Aug.2020) online. On the page of Ralf (SSE) PaR has been reduced to a tidbit accordingly.