Letter from the Managing Editor:

June 2015

Dear BPTrends Member:

This month Lean and Lean Six Sigma are the subject of two Columns—Harmon on BPM and Process Improvement. The latter focuses specifically on DMAIC projects while Paul Harmon writes about an organization seeking to integrate BPM and Lean Six Sigma efforts. Howard Smith gives his take on the potential for Robotics vis a vis process automation. We’d like to hear your reaction to the opinions presented in this month’s Update.

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New Features

June 2, 2015


Getting Buy-In For BPM Projects

The video this month features Gina Abudi, President of Abudi Consulting, offering advice based on considerable experience in gaining buy-in for BPM projects.



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Harmon’s Blog: Eye On BPM

Model Interchange in BPMN

BPMN is an OMG standard that is used currently supported by most process modeling software. Version 1 of the software was not quite rigorous enough to generate code and to be passed from tool to tool, but the new Version is.  A group within the OMG has been working to refine techniques from moving BPMN applications between tools.  They have done demos in the past and have just announced a new


Harmon on BPM: Integrating BPM, Lean and Six Sigma Organizations

Harmon on BPM Column

Paul Harmon recounts his experience working with an organization seeking to integrate its business process efforts. The organization had a Lean Six Sigma group in place and was in the process of creating a BPM group. Paul’s suggestions were successfully implemented with positive results. Read his Column for the details.

Process Improvement: Behavioral Methods Applied to Lean Six Sigma


Alan Ramias and Paul Fjeista continue their series on the behavioral side of BPM and Process Improvement. In this Column, they highlight specific places where typical Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) projects could be modified or supplemented to identify and address behavioral matters.

Human Processes: Discovering Collaboration

Human Processes Column

Keith Harrison-Broninski elucidates the basic differences between collaborative and step by step processes. He explains why traditional analytical techniques fall short in analyzing collaborative processes and offers a few pointers on how to analyze collaborative processes.

Performance Architecture: Through the Customer’s Eyes

Performance Architecture Column

This month Roger Addison and Carol Haig define characteristics of customer-focused organizations vs non customer focused organizations. Which label attaches to your organization? The authors have provided a checklist to help you answer that question.


Transforming Corporate Strategies into Action – Part 1

Jeremy Ross, Trang Jerkic, Tony Penfold, and Hanadi Alwthinani, a team of colleagues from Queensland University of Technology in Queensland, Australia, engaged in a research project to understand how the strategic frameworks suggested in BPM literature apply in real world organizations. In Part 1, they present their methodology and core findings. Part 2 will be published in the July Update.

Software Robots for Process Automation: Fudge or a Strategic Solution?

At the outset of this Article, Howard Smith asks if it’s possible to automate new Business Processes without IT. Read what Howard has to say about the potential for this technology and decide for yourself.

Calendar of Events

BPTA BPM Conferences

BPM in Europe June 15-18, 2015, 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 Conference November 2-6, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada. This popular annual North American Conference is co-produced by BPTrends, Business Rules Solutions and the IIBA, bringing together a broad range of professionals who collaborate to provide integrated solutions for enterprise performance improvement.

BPTrends Associates Education and Training

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