Harmon on BPM

Paul Harmon’s monthly Editorial, Harmon on BPM is posted in chronological order, beginning with the most recent posting.

Harmon on BPM: The Varieties of BPM

Paul recently got into a discussion about BPM with a group of practitioners and discovered that each was doing something rather different. From that discussion, he was reminded of the variety of perspectives that a really comprehensive approach to business process management, process improvement or business transformation must embrace. In this column, he provides a brief summary of those perspectives.

Harmon on BPM: BPM in 2005 and 2019

As the title suggests, Paul looks at BPM activity in organizations in 2005 and 2019. What’s changed? Are there more or fewer projects underway? Have BPM methodologies kept pace with advances in technology? Read Paul’s Column to learn his take on the questions.

Harmon on BPM: Keeping Track of New Developments

One of the roles of any good process analyst at any organization is to keep track of new technologies, new methods, and new approaches that might allow for the development of better processes at his or her company. In his Column this month Paul discusses how a process group might organize to facilitate keeping track of what’s new.

Harmon on BPM: Personal Workflow Systems

Paul discusses “job aids,” a device that prompts human performance as a critical support element to training. Read why as he explains job aids and their function in the organization.

Harmon on BPM: Process Improvement–The Perennial Concern

While process perspective has always been important, it has become ever more important as organizations become more automated and as software systems link automated activities into automated processes. Read Paul’s take on what will be the next driver of a surge in process improvement enthusiasm in 2019.

Harmon on BPM: BPM and Employment

Business Process Management is about increasing productivity, and the process analyst’s job is to help companies create more and better products, faster, using the minimum labor possible. So what impact does a successful Process Improvement project have on employment? Read Paul’s Column to get his take on the issue.

Harmon on BPM: Process Mining Grows Up

Any conventional business process improvement book provides many examples of incremental process improvement techniques. Paul suggests, however, that the more automated the process is, the more process mining deserves your attention. Read his reasons for this conclusion.

Harmon on BPM: Is AI a Threat to Jobs?

A recent story on the BBC reported remarks by Mr. Andrew Haldane, chief economist of the Bank of England, warning about the threat that Artificial Intelligence (AI) posed to British workers. In this month’s Column, Paul presents the surprising results of Mr. Haldane’s inquiry into his assumption that AI would reduce the number of available jobs.

Harmon on BPM: AI and Business Processes

In this month’s Column, Paul provides a context for examining the current interest in AI which began in the Eighties and has recently re-emerged. One of the limits imposed on AI in the Eighties was a lack of sufficient computer power. AI was an expensive and time consuming process. Paul believes this re-emergence of interest in AI is much more grounded now that the computer power is there to accommodate it. Read why he thinks so.

Harmon on BPM: Elon Musk on Productivity

Simply stated, Tesla is having trouble reaching its goal of 6,000 units per week at its Fremont plant. When the Model 3 was first announced, Musk said that the Fremont plant would use radically improved technology to make its production the most efficient in the world. That’s quite a challenge. Read Paul’s analysis of where Tesla is now and what innovations they might come up with to achieve their production goals.

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