Archives for October 2008

Outsourcing and Modeling

Outsourcing and Modeling In this Advisor, we consider the problems companies face when they decide to outsource a process that they don’t understand as well as they should. In essence, we suggest how companies that are not process-focused should approach a quick, high-level modeling task.

People and Change

People and Change This Spotlight focuses on the people that make processes happen, on employees, on process managers, and on technologies to improve human performance in processes.

Michael Hammer

Michael Hammer In this Advisor, Paul Harmon provides his perspective on the contributions of Michael Hammer during the last two decades of his life.

Using ROI to Measure the Results of Business Process Improvement Initiatives

Using ROI to Measure the Results of Business Process Improvement Initiatives Given today’s economic environment, there’s little need to emphasize the importance of return on investment. But when and how to use ROI analysis to prove the benefits of a proposed business process initiative is an issue Gina Abudi considers in this compelling Article. Not […]

Business Rules Solutions: My Son—Business Rules Analyst

Business Rules Solutions: My Son—Business Rules Analyst As more and more articles are addressing the relationship between Business Rules and successful BPM initiatives, Ron Ross relates an amusing anecdote involving his son who worked as an intern for a professional sports team. The story illustrates the challenges of conducting business effectively when business rules are […]

Using Critical Path Analysis to Prioritize Projects

Using Critical Path Analysis to Prioritize Projects Deciding how to priortize among the many possible process improvement projects in your organization can be a vexing problem. In this Article, Monique Renault, a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma, presents a method of analysis that will help to determine where and in what sequence to allocate […]

Southbeach, P-TRIZ, Now has Software Support

Southbeach, P-TRIZ, Now has Software Support In the May, 2008 Howard Smith and his colleagues presented a comprehensive specification for a new visual diagramming and modelling notation: Southbeach Notation. Response to the announcement suggests that it appeals to both consultants and analysts. This Article announces the availability of the software, Southbeach Modeller 0.8, which can […]

Human Process: Preparing for the Third World War

Human Process: Preparing for the Third World War No, Keith Harrison-Broninski is not providing instructions for building a bomb shelter. Rather he is discussing a subject of great concern to the world at large—the ecological threats that, if unchecked, promise to leave future generations with a profoundly diminished environment. Read his Column to learn what […]

BPM in Europe: The Process Community

BPM in Europe: The Process Community While attending a summer BPM Conference in Portugal, Frits Bussemaker not only discovered the effects of cultural differences in how meetings are conducted, but, more importantly, learned the advantages of sharing BPM case studies among local communities globally. As a result, he and his colleagues established The Process Community […]

SOA and Integration

SOA and Integration In this insightful and comprehensive Article, Dr. Gopala Behara makes a convincing case for integrating applications in a SOA environment. He enumerates the many benefits of integration, discusses the various methodologies, and presents a correlation among various integration maturity levels to SOA maturity levels. For all involved in SOA, this Article offers […]

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