Harmon on BPM: Business Process Management in 2021

Paul’s assessment of 2021 is that it will be a transitional year: We will move from a Pandemic and a shutdown to a new, growing economy. Read his Column to discover why he says, “For those who embrace change and innovation, the near future is going to be very exciting.”

Human Processes: Me, We

In this month’s Column, Keith looks at past and present efforts to define and deliver outcomes that achieve more than just profits. He shares the knowledge he has accrued through his experience in working with organizations to improve their business environment beyond increasing profits.

Practical Process: Focus: Understanding Much More about a Lot Less

Roger Tregear’s advice is model for a purpose. Carefully choosing a set of high-impact processes and proactively managing them will ultimately result in enhanced improvement in organizational performance. He provides some useful steps toward accomplishing this end in his Column this month.

The Agile Practitioner: All Things Agile

Tom Bellinson’s plan for 2021 is to shift his approach to The Agile Practitioner to shorter, more focused pieces on specific more practical topics that have come up during his own Agile practice. This month, he focuses on agility “writ large.” Follow him on his new approach. You will be rewarded.

Frameworks: Addressing Persistent-Challenges Departing Process Purgatory

Holly Lyke Ho-Gland, a principal research lead at APQC, summarizes the results of their annual survey taking stock of the trends and challenges that have an impact on Project Portfolio Management professionals in the year ahead. In Her Column, Holly summarizes the results and suggests that lessons learned have reinforced the need to address ongoing challenges as we proceed in 2021.

Harmon on BPM: Digital Instruction

Paul turns his attention this month to what has changed in the world of technology since the pandemic which, of necessity, had to be accommodated. Many found that a digital approach to training offers overwhelming advantages that will continue long after the pandemic subsided. Will you continue with the changes you’ve adopted?

Harmon on BPM: DeepMind Is No Longer Playing Games

DeepMind is an AI company owned by Alphabet, Google’s parent company. AlphaFold 2 is DeepMind’s latest application which analyzes data about the biochemical makeup of protein molecules and suggests how they are structured (folded). Paul predicts that many business processes will be redesigned in the years ahead to accommodate the use of powerful new tools like DeepMind’s AlphaFold.

Human Processes: There’s No Such Thing as Good Tech

Keith believes that we are at a critical point in technology development—”poised for either utopia or dystopia”, depending on choices made by IT thought leaders over the next few years. Process people, as key adopters of new technologies, have some influence over these choices. Read how you might wield more influence on future technologies.

Digital Transformation Processes: Achieving “Good” Outcomes

The circular economy is forcing companies to rethink everything from how to design, manufacture and distribute products, to their relationships with partners and customers. The focus is no longer on consumption, but instead on lifecycle and use. Mike offers a unique and well-presented perspective on how to achieve good outcomes in the circular economy. Look inside to learn more.

Performance Architecture: A Few Final Words

In 2009 Roger Addison and Carol Haig wrote Performance Architecture: The Performance Technology Landscape, their first Column for this publication. With this Column they offer their closing words for their BPTrends readers. We will miss them.

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