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.

Essentials of Business Architecture: Design the Business Phase

In his previous Column, Roger examined the “Define the Business” phase of the business architecture approach. In this Column, he examines the next phase, Design the Business Phase, which deals with translating the strategy into structural models to enable prioritization in the subsequent two phases.

Practical Process: BPM Myth or Method?

In talking to many people in many organizations in many places, Roger Tregear is frequently told things about BPM that are, from his perspective, just plain wrong. He refers to them as “process urban myths” and presents them here for your evaluation. Do you have any myths to add?

Human Processes: The Hidden Teams Behind the Swim Lanes

“Processes don’t do work, teams do.” In this Column, Keith focuses on how to ensure
that the teams working on your processes are working effectively. He describes the three things which, he contends, can make a huge difference in accomplishing that goal and can be implemented inexpensively – 1) Hyper-productive teams, (2) Communities of Practice (CoPs), and (3) Center of Excellence (COE).

There is More Than Just the Atlantic Separating Europe and the USA

Mark McGregor, a BPM and EA Strategy Consultant, reviews some of the differences between BPM as practiced in Europe and in the USA. Read his sometimes surprising comparison of how it’s done “across the pond” and here in the US.

Communicating About Change

In this article, Gina Abudi, author of Implementing Positive Organizational Change: A Strategic Project Management Approach (J Ross Publishing, 2017,) provides best practices for effective communications to engage employees in change initiatives.

February 2019

Dear BPTrends Member: This month’s Update is packed with advice on how the process practitioner can overcome the challenges of today’s business environment. From keeping track of new developments as they occur to handling conflict, our authors give their best advice to achieve the best outcomes. Please let us know what you think. Carolyn Potts […]

The Agile Practitioner: Agile Projects

Tom Bellinson states that “Agile project management is not an excuse to forego planning or architecture.” The fundamental flaw with the traditional approach to project management is that both the time permitted and the scope of work are fixed at the beginning. Read Tom’s Column to learn how an Agile approach can help overcome this problem.

Process Improvement: When Clients Act like Jerks

Alan Ramias takes on an issue that BPM practitioners frequently encounter–how to handle bad behaving .clients. After a long career as a performance consultant, Alan has collected a virtual anthology of how to handle misbehaving clients and bosses, and he shares them here.

Business Capabilities: Hype or Panacea

In this Article, Ravi Mehra, a business architect at Capstera, defines business capabilities and describes key use cases of business architecture and capability modeling.

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