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IDEF3 Standard

IDEF3 Standard

Use Case Diagrams technology. IDEF3 Standard is intended for description and further analysis of technological processes of an enterprise. Using IDEF3 standard it is possible to examine and model scenarios of technological processes. Read more

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Use the IDEF Business Process Diagrams solution to create effective database designs and object-oriented designs, following the integration definition methodology. Read more
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How to create an IDEF3 diagram using ConceptDraw PRO

IDEF3 is a member of the IDEF family of modeling methods that can be used to describe operations in a business process. An IDEF3 diagram provides a description of actual process flow within an organization or business, or the changes that occur to an object within that system. This method of knowledge capture is recorded in two different perspectives - users are able to create both process schematics and object schematics using the IDEF3 schematic symbols. ConceptDraw has created a solution that collects all symbols necessary to create professional IDEF3 diagrams. IDEF methodology is suitable for almost any form of business, and for anyone who needs to record enterprise architecture in a process driven manner. The IDEF Business Process Diagram solution and ConceptDraw PRO cater for these needs, giving both beginner and experienced users the tools they need to create effective business process diagrams. Read more

IDEF

IDEF Business Process Diagrams solution from the Business Processes area of ConceptDraw Solution Park extends ConceptDraw PRO vector graphics and diagramming software with the ability of fast and easy drawing various types of IDEF diagrams. Read more
This IDEF3 symbols example was redesigned from the Wikimedia Commons file: 3-01a Symbols Used for IDEF3 Process Description Schematics.jpg.
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"Process schematics tend to be the most familiar and broadly used component of the IDEF3 method. These schematics provide a visualization mechanism for process-centered descriptions of a scenario. The graphical elements that comprise process schematics include Unit of Behavior (UOB) boxes, precedence links, junctions, referents, and notes. Referents and notes are constructs that are common across process and object schematics. Each of the graphical elements used for developing process schematics is presented below, together with discussions of how to formulate more complex statements using those graphical elements. The discussion begins with the most fundamental of these building blocks: the UOB." [IDEF3 Process Description Capture Method Report AL-TR-1995-XXXX. idef.com/pdf/Idef3_fn.pdf]
The sample "Symbols used for IDEF3 process description schematics" was created using the ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software extended with the solution "IDEF Business Process Diagrams" from the area "Business Processes" of ConceptDraw Solution Park. Read more
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The vector stencils library "IDEF3 referents and notes" contains 3 shapes: call and continue referent, call and wait referent, note.
"Referents: Referents enhance understanding, provide additional meaning, and simplify the construction (i.e., minimize clutter) of both process schematics and object schematics." [IDEF3. Wikipedia]
Use it to design your IDEF3 diagrams.
The shapes example "Design elements - IDEF3 referents and notes" was created using the ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software extended with the solution "IDEF Business Process Diagrams" from the area "Business Processes" of ConceptDraw Solution Park. Read more
IDEF3 symbols - referents and notes
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The vector stencils library "IDEF3 process schematic symbols" contains 12 shapes: unit of behavior (UOB), links, junctions, .
Use it to design your IDEF3 process schematic diagrams.
"Process schematics tend to be the most familiar and broadly used component of the IDEF3 method. These schematics provide a visualization mechanism for processcentered descriptions of a scenario. The graphical elements that comprise process schematics include Unit of Behavior (UOB) boxes, precedence links, junctions, referents, and notes. The building blocks here are:
- Unit of Behavior (UOB) boxes.
- Links: Links are the glue that connect UOB boxes to form representations of dynamic processes.
- Simple Precedence Links: Precedence links express temporal precedence relations between instances of one UOB and those of another.
- Activation Plots: Activation plots are used to represent activations.
- Dashed Links: Dashed links carry no predefined semantics.
- Link Numbers: All links have an elaboration and unique link numbers.
Activation Semantics for Nonbranching Process Schematics.
- Junctions: Junctions in IDEF3 provide a mechanism to specify the logic of process branching.
- UOB Decompositions: Elaborations capture and structure detailed knowledge about processes.
- UOB Reference Numbering Scheme: A UOB box number is assigned to each UOB box in an IDEF3 Process Description.
- Partial Descriptions: UOB boxes are joined together by links. Because of the description capture focus of IDEF3, it is possible to conceive of UOBs without links to other parts of an IDEF3 schematic.
- Referents: Referents enhance understanding, provide additional meaning, and simplify the construction (i.e., minimize clutter) of both process schematics and object schematics." [IDEF3. Wikipedia]
The shapes example "Design elements - IDEF3 process schematic symbols" was created using the ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software extended with the solution "IDEF Business Process Diagrams" from the area "Business Processes" of ConceptDraw Solution Park. Read more
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This IDEF3 diagram example was redesigned from the Wikimedia Commons file: 2-02 Example of a Transition Schematic.jpg.
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"The schematic in Figure 2-2 represents an Object Schematic for the Order Material scenario derived from the business owner’s description. This example happens to illustrate a Transition Schematic since it characterizes the nature and structure of object state transitions for occurrences of the Order Material scenario. A key document in this process is the Purchase Request form. This form is eventually transformed into a Purchase Order (PO) via the Order Material process. A circle containing the name of an object represents an object of a certain kind (e.g., Purchase Request, Account Manager, Project). These labeled circles are known as kind symbols. A certain kind of object being in a certain state is represented by a circle with a label that captures both the kind itself and a corresponding state, thereby representing the type (or class) of objects that are in that state (within a given process). ... One of the first steps to develop an Object Schematic is to identify the possible states in which the object can exist. Though a real-world object often evolves through a continuum of states, an Object Schematic focuses on those distinguished states of particular interest to the domain expert. The transition arcs (arrows with triangular, filled-in heads) connecting the circles symbolize a state transition, the activity of changing from one state to another. The conditions that establish when an object is in a given state, how it exists a state, how it can transition between states, and how it can enter a new state are recorded on a special form. The banded boxes linked to the arrows (called referents) are aids to describe the relationships between objects states and UOBs, scenarios, or other Transition Schematics that participate in a scenario occurrence. ... The transition junctions containing an “X” (for exclusive or) indicate the choice of exactly one path among several possible paths in an occurrence." [IDEF3 Process Description Capture Method Report AL-TR-1995-XXXX. idef.com/pdf/Idef3_fn.pdf]
The diagram "Transition schematic - IDEF3 diagram example" was created using the ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software extended with the solution "IDEF Business Process Diagrams" from the area "Business Processes" of ConceptDraw Solution Park. Read more
IDEF3 business process diagram
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Object-Oriented Design

ConceptDraw PRO is a powerful diagramming and vector drawing software. Now, extended with IDEF Business Process Diagrams solution from the Business Processes area of ConceptDraw Solution Park it is incredibly helpful and convenient for object-oriented design. Read more