PaR - Processes as RequirementsFAQ
 
 

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

Table of Contents

General
   "Why do you need a FAQ? Is PaR not described thoroughly?" >Answer<

Business
   "What are the vision and mission behind PaR?" >Answer<
   "Is there a viable business model to commercialize PaR?" >Answer<
   "Why should I NOT apply PaR to my business processes?" >Answer<

The Book
   "When will The Book be available?" >Answer<
   "Why is the PDF copy of The Book personalized?" >Answer<

 
   
 
  ?   "Why do you need a FAQ? Is PaR not described thoroughly?"  
   !    The methodical approach PaR itself is described thoroughly in the material that is available online, but people ask a lot of questions about the organization or the community when I am consulting companies, presenting at conferences or discussing in any online sessions. Those questions don't belong to the method itself and the answers may also vary over time. Therefore, I created this FAQ page to answer them here once for all.  
   
 
  ?   "What are the vision and mission behind PaR?"  
   !    I do not really like this vision/mission stuff, but well, here we go:
My vision is that project teams are not working according to project processes, but in project processes, improving them from team to team and from project to project via a process platform.
My mission is to improve and provide PaR as methodical approach to help project teams and companies creating real process platforms and to coach them uniting process platforms with product platforms, ideally by establishing an intrinsic and holistic component model.
Now you know it - now measure my work against it ;-)
 
   
 
  ?   "Is there a viable business model to commercialize PaR?"  
   !    It is not intended to commercialize PaR as methodical approach. It is rather provided under CC BY-SA 4.0 license, as described on the page "Impressum / Legal" in German and English. The PaR method itself is provided for free and can be used commercially also. So you can make your own business model around it. This also simplifies applying it in large companies: You don't have to ask the boss or the purchasing department for budget, you don't need to obtain with the legal department any license for the method, and you can apply the existing RE tool, so you also don't need to ask the tool guys for setup. At least The Mug and The Book cost some money. When you need consulting or support, then you may contact me or people from the PaR community to book them for these services - check the page >About us< and ask me or them for the needed budget. When you want to buy predefined requirements sets for certain tooling, then you may also check if you can buy it from people in the community - it will still be cheaper than creating it yourselves.  
   
 
  ?   "Why should I NOT apply PaR to my business processes?"  
   !    Business processes for organizations are rather small and simple.
Production processes for factories need to be very predictable and repeatable.
Development processes for complex projects shall be very flexible and have to provide proof of compliance. And that is where PaR has its strength. Complex development projects also have many functional and technical requirements anyway, from market level via product and system levels down to domain levels. Therefore the projects work with requirements management tools anyway. And mapping functional and technical requirements with procedural requirements helps a lot. So, if an organization or factory has similar aspects, e.g. strong regulatory standards that must be proven for compliance, many stakeholder requirements, necessarily high flexibility, measured coverage of process application, then it may make sense to apply PaR also there. But I think this is rarely the case.
 
   
 
  ?   "When will The Book be available?"  
   !    When it's done ;-) It's quite a lot of work and I have new ideas every day. My backlog still seems to be longer than the book itself. Meanwhile, if you want to get the current draft as PDF simply follow the steps as described on the page >How to buy< (just leave out the part with the receipt).  
   
 
  ?   "Why is the PDF copy of The Book personalized?"  
   !    Also The Book is under CC BY-SA 4.0 license, as described on the page "Impressum / Legal" in German and English. Thereby, you may pass on the PDF to others or print it. But according to the license you are responsible for doing this accordingly (means: if you pass on the PDF to colleagues, then it is fine, but you should not offer it for free download or sale on the web). I mainly want to know the entry points of the PDF distribution, so that I can send updates or additional infos (rarely), that you then please distribute in the same way as the PDF (if you did so).