Archive for June, 2009

The Case Against Window Dressing

“Window Dressing” can kill your project.  It can even kill your BPM project.  Keith Swenson wrote a humorous but educational piece on an in-house BPM project gone awry.  Anyone who has deployed an internal application can relate to his story,

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Shameless Videoconferencing Plug

I’m a big fan of videoconferencing.  As a process guy, It is hard not to look at the time spent traveling (on the plane, going through security, etc) as a “non-value-added activity” as they say in Value Stream world.  But,

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Faith-based versus Fact-based

No, this isn’t a political posting! I just read Steve Blank’s blog on Faith-Based versus Fact-Based Decision Making, and it resonated really well with my experiences at prior startups.  As he points out, starting the company is an article of

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Bruce Silver's New Book

BPMN Method and Style, a new book by Bruce Silver.  Its going up on Amazon sometime in June Its already up on Amazon, and has some great endorsements already (check out the link for details).  Looking forward to giving it

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Another Take on Intalio's Cloud

My google alerts recently turned up a reference to a new blog post from Aditya Tuli, Too Cloudy, in which he engages in a very thoughtful critique of Intalio‘s roadshow, as well as his experiences with Intalio. First, there is

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And the iPhone Wins Again

We previously addressed the newest generation of iPhones in the iPhone 3.0 (now, iPhone 3G S … however, the iPhone OS is going to version 3.0, so perhaps the title is still ok).  Now that Apples’ WWDC has come and

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Nerd Bird: the End of an Era

Several sources have reported and commented on American Airlines‘ decision to end the Nerd Bird, an iconic flight (if ever there was such a thing) between Austin and San Jose, the respective tech capitals of Texas and California. This direct

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The Promise versus the Innovation

Business week recently put out a 4-page (on the web) article entitled “The Failed Promise of Innovation in the US“. But after reading it, I can’t help but feel the failure was in the promises more than in the innovation. 

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The "Process Table"

Recently read the post (and watched the screencast) on Intalio’s blog about their new “Process Table” feature.  The basic idea is that you use a spreadsheet to define your process, and then have the software “auto-magically” produce a running, executable

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Remembering Rajeev Motwani

Unfortunately Dr. Rajeev Motwani, a great professor at Stanford University, is no longer with us.  I first learned of the news on VentureBeat and GigaOm.  This is sad and shocking news, because my memory of him from CS154 (automata and

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Bruce Silver Reviews Signavio (BPM in the Cloud?)

Bruce Silver wrote up a quick, thorough review of Signavio, a new BPM in the cloud offering.  Looks like it is primarily focused on modeling rather than execution, which makes comparisons to Lombardi’s Blueprint perhaps the most relevant comparisons. As

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A Shout-Out to "Collaborative Planning"

Just giving a shout-out to Keith Swenson, who has changed his blog’s title from “Go Flow” to “Thoughts on Collaborative Planning”, and he explains why in this post.  I think its a bit like when you start writing a book,

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