Archives for September 2011

Process Change Methodologies

Process Change Methodologies There are, essentially, two broad approaches to business process management – one approaches the subject bottom-up and focuses on incremental improvements. The other approaches things top down and focuses on major process innovation and business transformation. Every large organization needs both approaches to be successful.

Lean and Lean Six Sigma

Lean and Lean Six Sigma Lean and Lean Six Sigma continue to play a significant role in the process change market. Over the years, BPTrends has published a variety of articles and reviews on these important technologies and this month’s Spotlight focuses on some of them.

What is a Business Process?

What is a Business Process? Paul Harmon – September 13, 2011 Any quick examination of the discussions on the BPTrends LinkedIn Discussion site suggests that process practitioners have widely varying opinions on just what constitutes a business process. Consequently, they have divergent ideas on what BPM is all about. Here’s our take on the most basic term […]

The Consumer has the Technology—The Market has the Process

The Consumer has the Technology—The Market has the Process Chris Potts contends that the rapid “consumerization” (the customer controls the process) of the IT market requires that specialists in Business Process Management (BPM) and Enterprise Architecture (EA) collaborate like never before. Where executives’ decisions are based on ‘legacy thinking’, BPM and EA must influence them […]

Practical Process: What is the Process Modeling ROI?

Practical Process: What is the Process Modeling ROI? At the July Process Days Conference in Sydney, Australia, Roger Tregear had a fascinating session probing the practical realities of business process modeling. He wondered what a group of commentators and delegates thought were the elements of the return on the sometimes massive investment in process modeling. […]

Business Rule Solutions: Decision Analysis—the Basic Operational Analysis of Business Decisions

Business Rule Solutions: Decision Analysis—the Basic Operational Analysis of Business Decisions In this Column, Ron Ross discusses the basic elements of operational business decisions and offers guidelines for the all-important issue of how to name decisions. He also discusses how decision analysis fits with modeling business processes. The goal is simple or thin decision tasks, […]

Performance Improvement: The Process Centered Organization—oh, for a Crisis

Performance Improvement: The Process Centered Organization—oh, for a Crisis In their May Column Alan Ramias and Cherie Wilkins discussed process-centered organizations (PCO) that take a slow, gradual approach. In this Column they focus on organizations that become process-centered because they are in deep trouble. They explore the critical elements that need to be in place […]

BPM: Chess vs. Checkers

BPM: Chess vs. Checkers Jonathon Struthers In this Article, Jonathon Struthers draws a comparison between traditional software development approaches (checkers) and the new approaches (chess) needed to realize the benefits of the new technology. If we continue to apply the old, familiar approaches to craft BPMS based solutions we will not realize the potential that […]

BPM: Structured vs. Unstructured

BPM: Structured vs. Unstructured Austin Rosenfeld asserts that real-world processes present varying degrees of structure, and while BPM and BPMN excel at the more structured aspects, we need a toolkit that supports the nature of the process to accommodate varying structures. Austin argues that BPM suites support design patterns that solve this problem well. Read […]

Down Under: From Cool Toys to Effective Tools

Down Under: From Cool Toys to Effective Tools In his Column this month, John Jeston focuses on the usefulness of mobile technology devices in the Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) market place and how they have the potential to make a significant difference in your business. Read John’s Column to learn how an SME, confronted […]

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