Archive for April, 2010

Austin Entrepreneurship gets another Voice

Austin’s economy has already been demonstrating a fair amount of resiliency in the last couple of years.  This week there’s been a flurry of good news for startups and entrepreneurs here. First there’s the article from Bijoy Goswami in the

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Doing by Design vs. Design by Doing

Jim Sinur coined the phrase, and because it has a ring to it, people have picked up on it (perhaps behind Jim’s intent): Doing by Design is the pre-planned definition of a predictable, routine process as traditional BPM suggests.  It

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Updated Lombardi Day Schedule

IBM’s Lombardi team recently posted an updated schedule for Lombardi Day and Lombardi sessions that will be happening later in the week.  We’re still on for a 3:45 session on Monday discussing what we learned from bpmCamp 2010.

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Engineering Teams and Startups

I’m always on the lookout for the intersection of startups and process.  And recently Mark Suster put together yet another great post, this one about how to put your technical team together for your startup.  And specifically, the difference between

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Apple picks up Siri

This hit the news this morning, that Apple acquired Siri.  We had the opportunity to see Siri compete in the startup accelerator competition at SXSW-interactive this year. Even at that time I was thinking how much better something like Siri

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Gartner has a new BPMS Definition. Next Step: Business Operating System

Adam Deane noticed a change in Gartner’s BPMS Definition: If you compare it to previous BPMS definitions by Gartner (for example in last year’s Magic Quadrant for Business Process Management Suites), you will see two major additions: 1. Document and

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Startup Lessons Learned Conference

Every so often, a conversation builds to critical mass and demands an in-person meet-up.  Eric Ries pulled this show together, and I have to say there is some great video, and there were some great presentations to browse to get

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BPM and EQ

Theo Priestley warns against creating a new role for “organizational actors” to assist with process improvement projects: Secondly, as highlighted above, we do not need to invent a new role or label to fulfil this kind of role-play, or indeed

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Alain Breillatt: You Can't Innovate Like Apple. (But You Can Learn a LOT)

Alain Breillatt argues that you can’t innovate like Apple for many reasons.  His article is really a fascinating read for what it reveals about Apple’s design and product development process, regardless of what you think of his conclusion. But as

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Offshoring Discussion at #bpmCamp 2010 @ Stanford

One of the most anticipated sessions at bpmCamp was a discussion on off-shoring.  It had one of the highest turnouts of day 1. There were some interesting observations from the discussion : Everyone agreed that daily communication across multiple mediums

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The End of Excellence?

Theo Priestley once again has me thinking with this post asking “Is This the End of BPM Centre of Excellence?“: There are two trains of thought at play. In recent interviews on Redux, Vinay Mummigati of Virtusa said “A BPM

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User Interfaces in #BPM – #bpmCamp 2010 @ Stanford session

We had a session on User Interfaces built on top of Teamworks at bpmCamp.  It was an interesting, technically detailed discussion – but what I took away from it were some key questions for process authors or process application developers:

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Adaptive, Dynamic, and Social BPM

Adaptive, Dynamic, Social: Can These Three Emerging BPM Concepts Become Unified ? I sure hope so!  In fact, I can’t see any other reasonable outcome.

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Lombardi Day Registration @ Impact

It looks like IBM is taking registration for Lombardi Day at Impact: Every year we run the Lombardi Customer Conference – called Driven. Whether online or in person, Driven is always a great opportunity to get caught up on the

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Testing and Performance – #bpmCamp 2010 @ Stanford

We had two somewhat related sessions at bpmCamp – one in which Flournoy Henry presented findings and data for scaling Teamworks, and another discussion with Dave Knapp engaging the group in a discussion about testing in Teamworks. Of course, many

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Looking Behind The Curtain

Neil Ward-Dutton has a great post about BPM vendor results that moves into a discussion of process improvement approaches: The distinction between “old school” and “new wave” process improvement approaches (I’ve called these “high church” and “low church” before) is

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Apple Customer Service

While Apple’s customer service could use a minor overhaul, the process ninja points out that it is still worlds better than the telcos customer service: A Tale of Two Processes – Apple vs. Optus: So I have the choice –

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What is Courage?

Ben Horowitz writes in “Four Things Some VCs Do That I Don’t Like” one thing in particular which really resonated with me: VCs often confuse marginal social courage with real courage. For example, they think CEOs who fire people easily

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BPMS > COTS?

Theo Priestly: Is the BPMS mightier than the COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf software)? With the advent of similar suites such as Bonitasoft, Outsystems and Iceberg that allow organisations to build business process based applications directly, and others that offer the same

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EPC vs BPMN?

Dr. Stein of Aris BPM Blog: Computer users love to challenge each other by starting totally useless “flamewars”. Just think about how emotion comes up if people discuss Windows vs. Linux, Extreme Programming vs. classical software development, iPhone vs. Android,

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Theo Priestley on Social #BPM

Theo Priestley on Social BPM (vs. Traditional): “The simple answer is that hierarchy is good for repeatability and measurability, whereas self-organizing networks are better at invention,” Gabe said, “There are a lot of side effects and consequences. The lack of

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Pragmatism vs. The Next New Thing

There is an emerging debate between pragmatism and “The Next New Thing” in the world of BPM vendors.  Some have characterized this as the BPM-fanatics vs. people who want to make progress.  But I don’t see any fanatics on the

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BPM is Doing Just Fine, Thankyou

There’s been a lot of gnashing of teeth about the state of BPM vendors, and the BPM segment, ever since IBM announced its acquisition of Lombardi (and followed quickly by Progress’ acquisition of Savvion).  Even before then, there was much

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App(le) or Website?

A measure of how Apple has changed the game: even die-hard advocates of a browser-first-and-last method for building applications is starting to second-guess their conclusions.  The Apple iPhone/iTouch platform has so many devices out there, that it is hard to

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A Process for Teaching Entrepreneurship?

Steve Blank’s blog has a series of posts regarding the entrepreneurship courses he and his colleagues are teaching at Stanford and Berkeley.  The thing that jumped out at me is that it sure reads like there is a process for

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A Process is only as Simple as it is

Jacob Ukelson of ActionBase once again writes an intriguing post on complex business processes, referencing a Clay Shirky article on the collapse of complex business models. Ironically, while I share Jacob’s optimism about the future of products like ActionBase, I

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A Break from the usual Programming

To read about chess and Kubrick and Bobby Fischer. Chess and Process appear to be related… but otherwise this one isn’t about BPM.

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Managing the Double Bottom Line

Ted Leonisis of Newsweek writes about Google’s decision to stop filtering search results in China. In the first half of the article he focuses on this decision by Google and why it might be the right thing to do (for

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Apparently Austin's Vibe is Reinforcing our Optimism

I’ve been wondering if my generally optimistic view of the economy recovering was being influenced by being in BPM, or by being in Austin, where the recession has been “less bad” than it has been elsewhere, though it is still

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BPMN 2.0 Interoperability at Risk

Bruce Silver writes: I failed, but Robert Shapiro has carried that effort forward in the Finalization Task Force phase, and today he succeeded in getting it on the ballot.  You can see the proposal here. What that means is that

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