Towards The Identification of Process Smells in Enterprise Architecture

Business processes constitute an integral element of Enterprise Architecture (EA) that fulfills both business interests and operations resources. Therefore, the quality of business processes and their descriptions need to be rigorously maintained, and one major attempt is to identify any weaknesses in their design. Recent research has referred to such weaknesses as Process Smells.

Recent studies have defined various Process Smells and described strategies to detect them. However, the existing Process Smells have mostly been addressed as operational issues. Since the success of processes directly influences the fulfillment of business goals, we strongly argue that Process Smells should also be addressed as critical business issues. Therefore, this thesis aims to identify the relevance of existing Process Smells in the context of EA and to form EA-level perceptions of them.