Archive for August, 2010

Apparently BPMN is Too Hard

Jim Sinur has thrown in the towel on BPMN in his latest post: BPMN for business professionals is just not up to a business level of need. Some folks think that BPMN is good enough for IT and it should

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Business Leaders: BPM Wants You

The Problem A good friend, John Reynolds, has eloquently commented on a subject near and dear to my heart: Leadership.  More specifically, Project Leadership vs. Project Management: My job lets me work with talented programmers and business people all over

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"It Just Confirms I'm as Smart as I Thought I Was"

So the new Forrester Wave is out.  What’s that? you hadn’t heard?  If not, you haven’t talked to anyone in the analyst or BPM vendor community in the last 24 hours! As usual, there are a raft-load of vendors declaring

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Capital Factory's Demo Day, 2010

Austin Startup has just run a piece on the 2nd Annual Capital Factory Demo Day: The 2nd Capital Factory Demo Day is coming on September 8th. We will have 300 investors, press, and technology entrepreneurs in attendance to watch the

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Who Shall Champion Process Management?

Ann All poses the question: “Is CIO the Right Person to Champion Process Improvement?” on the ITBusinessEdge Blog: I’ve written about this idea several times. It’s hard to argue against the need for a chief process officer. Yetmany organizations do

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About that Merger…

The merger of two airlines has been used as an example of something BPM is not well-suited for, that ACM would be well-suited for.  I gave this argument a bit too literal a reading, based on Keith Swenson’s response (thought

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Something Besides BPMN for Requirements Solicitation

Matt Harding of Aurora Energy just posted this on the SAP community blog: Within business process modelling (from a detailed requirements and process design perspective), I believe the best option for business users is to use BPMN.  But the question

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Case Management Mentor Meeting

Keith Swenson has announced a case management mentor meeting (or ACM Mentor Camp) following the BPM 2010 conference, at the same venue: The “Adaptive Case Management Mentor Camp” has just been announced.  This will be a meeting of minds for

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August 2010 Blueprint Update

IBM has put out the latest BPM Blueprint update today.  It isn’t the most exciting update they’ve ever made to Blueprint, but of course I’d rather see incremental and frequent updates than one big overhaul for a service like this. 

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In the End, it is All about People

According to the Kansas City Business Journal, 40% of US Professionals want to quit.  Wow. But lets turn out attention to why so many professionals want to quit: their employers view them as a liability rather than an asset (read

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Is BPM Common Sense?

Max J Pucher has written recently that BPM is, essentially, common sense management that could be gleaned from dozens of management books: In these times I would call BPM common sense management. It is no longer new or a mystery!

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If not for People…

The Process Cafe posits that Humans are your Process’ Greatest Failure Point: Humans are your most crucial failure point in a process. When ever you are designing processes (or systems to support processes) you should ensure you try and minimise

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Building a "Star" Firm

Great post by R “Ray” Wang on Enterprise Irregulars about building a “Star Analyst” Firm.  While it is targeted at star analyst firms, most of the points apply well to any services firm that intends to trade on the idea

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Intalio's Long Game

A few weeks ago I had a call with Intalio’s Ishmael Ghalimi.  It was right before vacation, and the unfortunate side-effect is that I’m only now catching up with writing the post I meant to write when I got off

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The Improvement Ethic

Mike Gammage posts the question:  is BPM ethical? Against this background, the hard reality is that the business case for any significant BPM project is almost invariably based on job losses. The jobs may be lost through automation, or through

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What Does Google Wave Mean to ACM and BPM?

The Death of Google Wave is interesting.  We’ve written about Wave before, several times, but in particular when SAP put out its “Gravity” demonstration. The official Google Blog blames the closure of Wave on a lack of user adoption: But

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McKinsey Quarterly Covers Automation of Service Operations

A colleague of mine pointed me to an interesting McKinsey Quarterly article, which relates the tale of a service automation effort gone awry.  As I started to read it, I was sure that the author would take the tactic of

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The Promise of BPM: Easier for Developers, or Easier for the Business?

Recently Bern Ruecker’s article on “A Collaborative Approach for Real-World BPM” appeared in InfoQ. It is a good read, with much I agree with and just a few things I don’t. We have been working in the business process management

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Sandy Kemsley's Review of Metastorm M3

Sandy has a good review of Metastorm’s M3 offering on her blog, posted on 7/30/2010. From her review, it sounds like Metastorm is focused on a Microsoft-platform strategy (Azure), which at this point is mostly collaborative business modeling, but as

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