Definition of Procedure

Definition Last Updated 17-Dec-2015 12:51

A procedure is specification for the performance and orchestration of activities to achieve a particular objective from a specified initial state, at least one of which activities is not assigned to an entity (i.e. is not a behaviour of a performer); a procedure need not refer to any performers.

Compare with process in which no activity is unassigned.

Whether an orchestration describes a procedure or process is therefore determined by the rule, If every activity in an orchestration is assigned to a performer, the orchestration is a process, otherwise it is a procedure.

Application of the process-procedure distinction allows processes to be audited for completeness.

Other Definitions

See the main Procedure article for commentary on the strengths and weaknesses of some of these alternative definitions.

The Best Management Practice portfolio glossary1Best Management Practice portfolio glossary, Version 1, October 2012 (may require acceptance of terms) pdf here includes the following alternative definitions2Unfortunately, the BMP common glossary referenced does not cite specific sources..

Generic: A series of steps taken to achieve something.

ITIL: A document containing steps that specify how to achieve an activity. Procedures are defined as part of processes.

PPM: A series of actions for a particular aspect of project management established specifically for the project – for example, a risk management procedure.

Scope

Procedure is a defined term of Enterprise Architecture. Procedure is a defined term of Business Architecture.

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1.Best Management Practice portfolio glossary, Version 1, October 2012 (may require acceptance of terms) pdf here
2.Unfortunately, the BMP common glossary referenced does not cite specific sources.

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