One such model I revisited lately is the BMM, the Business Motivation Model. A simplified version is shown below:
The BMM brings sanity to business by addressing two fundamental questions:
- What do we need to do?
- Why do we do what we do?
You can get the full specification of the BMM from the BRG Website. It has also been adopted by the OMG, the organization responsible for managing and promoting standards such as UML.
The Business Motivation Model provides a scheme or structure for developing, communicating, and managing business plans in an organized manner. Specifically, the Business Motivation Model does all of the following:
Among these elements are ones that provide governance for and guidance to the business — Business Policies and Business Rules.
- It identifies factors that motivate the establishing of business plans.
- It identifies and defines the elements of business plans.
- It indicates how all these factors and elements inter-relate.
(The Business Motivational Model, Release 1.3, September 2007)
The BMM is an essential tool for tackling the challenges in of dramatic change and business volatility. Re-use this wisdom to drive a little more sanity in your environment while continuing to align your intuition with solid business principles.