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ProcessModel Version 5.6.3 Released

New output, faster editing, improved dialogs and new palettes. See the new features and get your update.

New Output Reporting

Experience the new output report. Alphabetize by activity names or sort by greatest waiting time. Reports sort by any field. You get a quick comparison of the things that matter to you.

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Highlight and copy any portion of a report. Headers automatically become part of the paste.

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Filter any report to remove unwanted information without having to re-run the model.

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Export the entire report to Excel. Only filtered information exports, so you get precise reports.

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The previous detailed report is still accessible until the graphing functions become available.

Export Large Variable Files to Excel

Export more than 1 million lines of multiple variables to Excel. The old export function was limited to 32,000 lines. This enhanced capacity allows deep analysis such as resource bottleneck analysis and advanced stat collection.

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With improved capacity, export the status of many different items to a single variable by using the second variable to record the item number. Imagine recording the percentage of time when any of fifty items were in short supply, and when any of fifty resources become the bottleneck. You could collect advanced stats for these fifty items using only two rather than fifty variables. After a quick transfer to Excel use a pivot table to uncover the details.

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Added Help

The contextual help pin-points each element to specific information. The new help system will even assist a seasoned user. New users will especially appreciate the precise links, concise explanations, and detailed examples.

Attributes, Variables and Scenario Parameters

Attributes, Variables and Scenario parameters (AVS) support each other in detailed models. Now they are all defined in the same dialog. Larger dialog size provides easier viewing of long names.

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During definition, new names replicate previous names by adding an incremented suffix. This feature speeds the process of defining complex systems.

New attributes and variables can be defined in Excel and imported. If names reside in other programs, you can mass import those names into the dialog.

The dialogs for AVS allows sorting of entries. When dealing with a complex model, sorting of AVS allows you to find “that variable” quickly.

Easy Action Logic

Several new features make action logic easier and faster to develop details. The details always make a difference. All the changes are in the details. Double-clicking any element highlights all duplicate entries in the window. A change to one element changes duplicates at the same time. The ability to make these fast changes are especially helpful when creating “similar logic” with new variables.

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There are many other changes to simplify editing, and we hope you enjoy the details. For your information, the editor has many hidden editing capabilities. For example, did you know that the text in the action editor is zoomable? Zoom is awesome when showing others detailed logic. Or did you know that you can “fold the logic” to see only the questions asked in multiple IF-Then? Select the minus sign and the logic between brackets will “fold up.”

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A few of my favorite hidden capabilities are listed below:

Zoom in: CTRL + Keypad+

Zoom out: CTRL + Keypad-

Delete to end of line: CTRL + Shift + Delete

Previous paragraph: CTRL + [

Next paragraph: CTRL + ]

Move to matching brace: CTRL + E

Select to brace: CTRL + Shift + E

There are more than 40 other hidden capabilities in the action window. The ProcessModel users guide details each.

New BPMN Palette

Use BPMN icons to add clarity to process behavior.

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About the Author:

Scott Baird has been president of ProcessModel for more than 15 years. His focus has been to teach others how to improve processes dramatically. He has been successful in transferring these skills to over 200 companies, including ESPN, NASA, GE, Nationwide, Cendant, SSA and many more. Specialties: Group facilitation for process improvement, process design and simulation, simulation modeling, business management and training others to see opportunities. Scott loves to teach process improvement and has often been heard to say, “Of all the things I do, training others to improve processes is my favorite.” Scott is a father of four and a grandfather of eight. He is an avid woodworker, designing and creating presentation boxes. In his spare time, he volunteers in a college preparation program.

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