Letter from the Managing Editor:

May 2016

Dear BPTrends Member:

This month’s publication includes a discussion of Industry 4.0 by Paul Harmon as well as Roger Tregear’s informative presentation of effective process governance. You will also want to read Maureen McVey’s practical advice on using traditional tools to define knowledge work processes.

We want to remind our readers in Europe that the annual BPM in Europe Conference is fast-approaching in June. Click on the link for more information or to register.

Carolyn Potts
Managing Editor

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New Features

May 3, 2016


Building Behavior Management Into Improvement Practices

This month’s video features Alan Ramias of Performance Design Lab and Paul Fjelsta, of accomplir, discussing how to incorporate behavior management principals into process improvement initiatives.


Getting Outside Help

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Harmon’s Blog: Eye On BPM

IRMUK BPM Conference – June 13-16 – London

The latest London BPM Conference is almost upon us.  Once again, Roger Burlton is chairing the conference, and BPTrends is sponsoring it.  This year's conference has assembled a program that will provide attendees with an outstanding overview of what's happing in the world of business process this year.  Once again the BPM conference is co-located with the 2016 Enterprise Architecture Conference


Industry 4.0

Harmon on BPM Column

This month Paul Harmon examines the components of Industry 4.0, a term used to define the current trends in the computerization of manufacturing. The common element among these trends is a reliance on the Internet of Things. Read Paul’s Column to learn more about Industry 4.0 and how it might affect your organization.

Business Analysis: Using Traditional Tools to Define Process based in Knowledge Work


Using a recent project that involved mapping processes for the development of a physician’s certification exam, Maureen McVey presents the approach and tools she used to identify critical success factors that would lead to a quality product. A tool that figured prominently in her process was SIPOC, a Six Sigma methodology. Read her Column to learn how she applied the tool and the results she achieved.

Practical Process: Who’s in Charge?

Practical Process Column

In his Column this month, Roger Tregear turns his attention to process governance, which he considers to be essential to the machinery of process based management. In this Column, Roger provides his insights into establishing an effective process governance system and answers the 4 questions he is most frequently asked regarding process governance.

Business Rules Solutions: General Pattern Questions for Harvesting Business Rules

Business Rules Column

This month Ron Ross presents general pattern questions that can be used to capture basic business rules. These pattern questions focus directly on the basic question words what, how, where, who, when, and why,– plus exceptions. Applying these pattern questions represents an important step in externalizing business rules from other components of a business solution, especially business process models.


The BPM elements: Of Charts, Forms and Variables

In this Article, Kay Winkler, Managing Partner of NSI solutions in Panama and President of ABPMP Panama, discusses the basic elements of BPM which he considers critical to successful implementation of a BPM initiative.

Question 4: What’s next for BPMS?

Last month we published the second Article from a new book by Paul Harmon and Roger Tregear, Questioning BPM, in which 33 respected thought leaders in the BPM community respond to a set of 15 questions. This month Paul writes a summary of responses to the question, “What’s next for BPMS?”

Calendar of Events


BPM in Europe, June 13-16, 2016, London, England. This popular annual European BPM conference, co-produced by BPTrends and chaired by Roger Burlton, will once again be co-located with the annual Enterprise Architecture Conference.

Building Business Capability, October 31-November 4, 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada. This popular annual North American Conference brings together a broad range of professionals who collaborate to provide integrated solutions for enterprise performance improvement.

Education and Training

BPTA BPM Professional Curriculum and Certificate Program

BPTA BPM Advanced Curriculum and Certificate Program

BPTA BPM Business Architecture Curriculum and Certificate Program

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