DEMO

Focus

DEMO is an acronym for ‘Design & Engineering Methodology for Organizations’ — it is a methodology for the design, (re)engineering, and implementation of organisations and networks of organizations.

Strengths

  • DEMO stands at firm theoretical foundations (the essence of the organisation).
  • DEMO contains models that are suitable for strategic discussions with management, as well as models that are technical.
  • Compact models: DEMO leads to filtering out irrelevant information.
  • DEMO is very strong at supporting consistency of the models.
  • The methodology leads to completeness of a model (in a sense that nothing is overlooked).
  • DEMO models are objective: it guarantees reproducible models, which are independent from the modellers.

More information may be found at http://www.demo.nl/methodology.

Weaknesses

  • Although the results look simple, the famous “simple is not easy” holds twice for DEMO. You need a trained (and ideally a certified) analyst to get the job done right.
  • Lack of DEMO tools; this is hopefully soon to be improved by the joint efforts of the CIAO! network (CCMi takes part in this effort).

Origins

The methodology origins reach 1980s. The founder of DEMO is prof. Jan Dietz from Delft University of Technology.

Our Reference projects

Several reference projects may be found at http://www.demo.nl/practical-case-studies.

Valuable information from practice was also presented by Dr. Steven van Kervel in his lecture at FIT. The presentation is available for download.

Resources (Zotero)