Systema: Whyever? Part 1

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Over the past few weeks I have been reflecting on the concept of a Business Motivation Model and have thought about it in the context of physics as “cause”. The Business Rules Group attempted to create a Business Motivation Model, but I came to the conclusion they have failed. When they should have been attempting to create a notational system, they instead came up with a generalized business model.

The purpose of the “Why” focus in the Zachman Framework and correspondingly the Six Hats, Six Coats Framework, is to gauge the order of the system. The Green Hat row and Green Coat Column describe how legalistic the system is–how many causes a system contains.

The best way to think about the causality of a system is not business rules, but game theory. In particular, causality as a three dimensional network relating strategies. A good Business Motivation Model notation would allow the modeler to represent the strategies of all parties, how they interact and the expected outcomes. The Extensive Form Game notation is a good start but I think with some work I could come up with something better.

Part 2 here.

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Systema: Business Motivation

I have been reading the material produced by the Business Rules Group and it pains me to see the lack of grounding these people have. They have created a mess of explicit relationships that don’t have any implicit relevance. They do not recognize in the least what actually motivates an organization.

Let me call up one of my most recent Six Hats, Six Coats tables:

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If you look at the CAUSE column you will see the six levels of motivation for a system. And we all know that an organization is a system.So let’s define each of these motivations from the top down:

  1. Reality – to make its internal conscience complement its customer’s conscience
  2. Unity – to make its internal governance complement its customer’s governance
  3. Quality – to make its internal profession complement its customer’s profession
  4. Quantity – to make its internal education complement its customer’s education
  5. Security – to make its internal estate complement its customer’s estate
  6. Regularity – to make its internal cycles complement its customer’s cycles

That is it. Those are all the business rules you need.

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Systema: Seven Hats, Seven Links