Archives for March 2008

Lean versus Six Sigma

Lean versus Six Sigma After we last wrote on Lean Six Sigma we had several readers write to argue that Six Sigma and Lean were, in fact, quite different. In this Advisor, we look at both and consider how the two approaches complement and contrast with each other.

Spotlight on Business Intelligence and Analytics

Spotlight on Business Intelligence and Analytics This Spotlight will look at why BI and Analytics are important to managers and business process practitioners and point to some of the articles BPTrends has previously published on the topic.

BPM, BPMS and SOA

BPM, BPMS and SOA In the BPTrends BPM Market Survey we published in February, we found that most practitioners discriminate between BPM, which is a broad approach to process change, and BPMS, which describes a software approach to automating process management. They also increasingly link BPMS and SOA. In this Advisor, we consider how they […]

Workflow Resource Patterns as a Rule to Support BPEL4 People Standardization Efforts

Workflow Resource Patterns as a Rule to Support BPEL4 People Standardization Efforts Nick Russell and Wil van der Aalst propose that workflow resource patterns serve as a means of evaluating BPEL4People and WS-Human Task standardization proposals currently under consideration. Read their Article to learn their take on the strengths and weaknesses of these proposals and […]

Human Processes: Ruling Unruly Rules

Human Processes: Ruling Unruly Rules What is the next major step in enterprise IT? Keith Harrison Broninski has a fascinating perspective. He argues convincingly that there will be a shift in emphasis from server-side automation application to client-side human interaction. Read his Column for the details of why he’s convinced this change will occur.

BPM: Doing it Right

BPM: Doing it Right In her experience as a Business Process Management consultant, Smita Sharma has encountered many BPM initiatives gone awry, because they are undertaken from an IT perspective and ultimately become just another IT application. The solution, she maintains, is a paradigm shift in which BPM is embedded in the organization’s culture. For […]

BPM and PI, Part 2

BPM and PI, Part 2 Imre Hegedus continues his discussion of the relationship between improvement and management cycles. In Part 2, he presents a series of questions that will assist you in determining the next steps your organization should take to sustain a workable interplay between BPM and PI. The answer may be to seek […]

A Strategist’s Perspective: Competing with Process Innovation

A Strategist’s Perspective: Competing with Process Innovation In his Column this month, Jim Sinur brings a different perspective—a “softer” one—to the conversation about process innovation. He presents seven anecdotes, which he calls “seven symbols of success,” that demonstrate how process innovation can be applied to improve human relations and interactions. From avoiding railroad disasters to […]

Down Under: High Performance Management by Management through Process and Leadership

Down Under: High Performance Management by Management through Process and Leadership John Jeston and Johan Nelis believe that globalization makes high performance management essential for organizations in today’s world. They contend that to achieve and sustain high performance, companies must move beyond their current focus on technology to business strategy execution. Read their Column for […]

Managing BPM: The Greening of Process

Managing BPM: The Greening of Process In his first Column of 2008, Joe Francis turns to a timely topic—the greening of process. Anticipating the March presentation of SCOR 9.0, which will incorporate components that will characterize process from an environmental perspective, he discusses how advanced process management can begin to look at the “environmental footprint” […]

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