Archives for July 2004

Business Processes Lifecycles and ROI

Business Processes Lifecycles and ROI This BPTrends Advisor presents a brief discussion of the basics of process lifecycles, process phases, and ROI, and what it implies for those working to facilitate process change.

What Lifts Productivity?

What Lifts Productivity? Productivity is the key to making more goods and services available to more people at less cost. It is what makes the worldwide rise in living standards possible. In spite of its importance, economists still debate over what drives productivity. In this BPTrends Advisor we consider some new research that suggests it […]

Spotlight On Systems Dynamics

Spotlight On Systems Dynamics This month we turn our BPTrends Spotlight on one of the two major approaches to statistical modeling – Systems Dynamics. We consider the nature of the approach and review relevant articles previously published on BPTrends.

Postcard from Europe: Are you Really doing BPM?

Postcard from Europe: Are you Really doing BPM? Mark McGreggor Mark McGregor’s July Column focuses on how different organizations approach business process change, and suggests what’s involved in serious BPM.

Business Rules Management: Eliminating the Barriers to Success

Business Rules Management: Eliminating the Barriers to Success Steve Minsky Steve Minsky, a founder of RulesPower and an experienced developer of rule-based systems, offers a good introduction to how one uses and manages business rules in practical situations.

The Third Wave: Process Management Maturity Models

The Third Wave: Process Management Maturity Models This month, Howard Smith and Peter Fingar reflect on CMM-inspired models and how they relate to the Third Wave of business process management.

Managing BPM: BPM and the Uses of Enchantment

Managing BPM: BPM and the Uses of Enchantment Before you invest in new IT technology, Joe Francis suggests you develop a good understanding of your existing business processes and the potential benefits of any business process improvement initiatives you are considering. Some changes, viewed from the process perspective, will deliver real value, and others won’t.

MDA Journal: A Model-Driven Semantic Web

MDA Journal: A Model-Driven Semantic Web This month, David Frankel, Patrick Hayes, Elisa Kendall, and Deborah McGuinness provide a major White Paper on the idea of Semantic Web, and report on recent efforts to bridge the W3C’s Semantic Web project and the OMG’s MDA initiative.

Book Review: Serious Performance Consulting by Geary Rummler

Book Review: Serious Performance Consulting by Geary Rummler This month, Paul Harmon reviews an important new book by Geary Rummler that summarizes his latest thinking on analyzing and improving business processes, presented in the context of a major consulting engagement.

Book Review: The Six Sigma Memory Jogger II by Michael Brassard, et al

Book Review: The Six Sigma Memory Jogger II by Michael Brassard, et al This 3 by 5 inch spiral bound book of 266 pages is crammed full of nearly everything a Six Sigma team could possibly want to know, all succinctly explained.

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