Archives for November 2008

How Did Toyota Do It?

How Did Toyota Do It? Just after World War II when Taiichi Ohno first started working at Toyota, he was told it took 9 Japanese workers to do what a single US worker could do in the same period of time. Ohno set out to change all that and we are all familiar with the […]

Business Rules and Business Processes

Business Rules and Business Processes This month, we turn the BPTrends Spotlight on Articles that consider the use of Business Rules, and, more particularly, on how Business Rules can be used in conjunction with business process analysis efforts.

BPM in a Tight Economy

BPM in a Tight Economy Clearly, most companies are preparing for a recession in 2009. For some, this means cutting travel and training budgets. For others, it means reevaluating or eliminating major programs. In this Advisor we consider how BPM is likely to fare in the months ahead.

Innovation: A Simple Approach to Accelerating Innovation

Innovation: A Simple Approach to Accelerating Innovation Victor Howard and Clay Richardson wanted to address the subject of Innovation and SOA, so they sought the expertise of a colleague, Puspendu Pal, who is the Lead Architect for Project Performance Corporation’s Business Process Improvement Practice. Their efforts resulted in a compelling argument for applying a top-down […]

Extreme Competition: BPM – The Battleground States

Extreme Competition: BPM – The Battleground States Reporting from the battle ground state of Florida, Peter Fingar argues, with, in his words, “a little sprinkle of election verbiage and satire,” that staying the course with command-and-control functional management can lead to disaster in these turbulent economic times. He prescribes, instead, agility, an attribute of the […]

BPM and SOA Collaborative Business Applications: Part I Architectural Foundations

BPM and SOA Collaborative Business Applications: Part I Architectural Foundations Collaboration is a much discussed topic these days, but what does it mean? Most of the capabilities we see in collaboration have to do with the user experience. So how do we incorporate collaboration into enterprise business processes? In his Column this month, Mike Rosen […]

Inside the Process Box

Inside the Process Box Fred Nickols suggests you set aside your “outside the box” thinking and consider what’s “inside the box” in the process diagram. He believes that what lies inside can be useful in figuring out how to improve the performance of people and processes. Read his Article for a set of diagnostic questions […]

Pursuit of the Perfect Order: Telecommunications Industry Perspective

Pursuit of the Perfect Order: Telecommunications Industry Perspective. Aman Gupta Fierce competition within the telecommunications industry requires that market players make their systems more effective, flexible, and scalable to efficiently manage an increasingly complex product portfolio. Aman Gupta describes this as a multi-dimensional problem requiring optimized processes, accurate operational data, and integrated solutions. In this […]

From Staffs Conducting Programs to Line Managers Solving Problems

From Staffs Conducting Programs to Line Managers Solving Problems James Womack describes a scenario that he frequently encounters when visiting organizations where Lean Programs have existed for several years. He is often asked by team members why their successful Lean initiatives don’t translate to bottom line improvement. This Article is a must read for any […]

Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins by Annette Simmons

Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins by Annette Simmons This book describes how presenters can use stories to make their presentations much more effective. The book offers an explanation of the role stories play in communication and a series of exercises to help readers become adept at generating powerful stories on their own. Our reviewer, […]

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