Archive for September, 2010

Respect for The Knowledge Worker

Tom Shepherd writes about the pride of the knowledge worker: I had this point hammered home almost immediately as I was immersed into product and user research. See, as “automate and improve” types, we are often taught to believe that

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The March of Open Source

This article from Todd Barr, of Alfresco, made me think again about how open-source software might impact BPM. The point of the article is that VMWare is rumored to be acquiring SUSE Linux from Novell – and that this is

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2011 a Breakout Year for ACM?

Jacob Ukelson posed this question the other day: So where does all this leave us? I think that in 2011 we’ll start seeing business user backlash to BPMS – they will want more participant control over process, faster start up

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Failing "Up", and Finding Value

“Successful Failure” has been used to coin the events which unfolded for the Apollo 13 mission. The failure was that the mission did not meet its original objective to land on the moon and return but rather met a more urgent objective

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Adam Deane Covers Keith Swenson

Adam Deane’s recent post about Keith Swenson’s blog was quite interesting to me. Keith has been blogging on BPM for the last 4 years. The first couple of years were mainly around notations, standards and development. The next year had

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I've got one word for you…"BPM"

I’m reminded of The Graduate: I want to say one word to you. Just one word… Plastics. BPM is apparently going mainstream.  And now we’re seeing analysts (Connie Moore) and the industry note that there’s a career in BPM: All

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ACM and BPM, Sitting in a Tree

Jacob Ukelson has run a blog post espousing BPM for “business process management” and ACM for “best practice management” (reporting from the BPM2010 conference): One participant (I didn’t get his name) summarized the conversation by the intriguing statement”So BPM is

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Good BPM2010 Coverage from Sandy Kemsley

Sandy has great coverage (as usual) of the BPM2010 conference: Research on Business Process Design – several presentations on informal process design and machine-assisted process design. Research on People and Processes BPM and Social Software Workshop Research on BPM in

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It isn't BPM: It's Competition

Keith Swenson says BPM makes the workplace more stressful: It is really quite simple: in the workplace there is a mix of routine work and knowledge work.  Routine work is repeatable and predictable in pattern.  Knowledge work, however, is different

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Phil Gilbert Revisits the Next Decade of BPM

I really like Phil’s talks on “the big picture”.  Of course, given his investment in process, his talks on BPM are particularly compelling stuff (even if you disagree with him). In his latest blog post, which is, essentially, an excerpt

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Question: Why do so Many BPM Projects Fail?

Answer:  They don’t. But this question was recently posed on ebizQ.  I frequently respond to ebizQ questions regarding BPM, but when I read this one, I read the first couple of responses and decided not to comment.  BPM “projects” that

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Leadership: It's not just for BPM Anymore

On this blog, we typically discuss leadership in the context of BPM projects, initiatives, and programs.  Because BPM efforts typically cut across departmental and organizational boundaries, they also typically require an extra measure of leadership to convince people to something

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Xerox and BPM

Interesting to see Xerox getting coverage for moving into BPM/O and initiating an advertising campaign around it: Xerox has decided to rebrand itself through a major ad campaign that will roll-out next week and carry over through 2011 as a

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Phil Gilbert's BPM 2010 Keynote: Focusing on the "B" in BPM

Phil gave the keynote at BPM 2010 yesterday, and Keith Swenson had the early coverage ready before EOD yesterday.  In this talk, it sounds like Phil has continued his main themes (since I can remember) of making BPM more and

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Is it Truly All about Age?

TechCrunch and Vivek Wadhwa have a controversial article up about Age-ism in high-tech in the US.  TechCrunch is no stranger to controversy, having also just caused a bit of a stir around systemic gender bias in the venture-funded tech startup

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BPM 2010

I couldn’t make it to BPM 2010 this year, but luckily for us, Sandy Kemsley did.  I expect her blog to once again be the definitive place to go to for interesting news from the conference.  If you want to

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Mere Moments in Time

I think Paul Vincent’s blog on CEP is where it’s at – my favorite place to keep tabs on this interesting space.  It isn’t BPM, but it is related to BPM, and vice versa.  Not only are the markets complementary,

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Speaking of BPMN… Signal Events

With all this talk about BPMN, it seems like a good time to refer people to a Analoly’s excellent blog, where he has constructed a signal event example / walk-through: Like messages, signals are used to synchronize and exchange information

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BPMN = Death to your Process?

Antiamba’s Ligurio says that “BPMN can bring death to your process“: The problem lies that BPMN is so complex to implement, that people made some workarounds, simplifying process maps. If a business process needs to be mapped (some don’t like

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Unconferences and BPM?

I’m not aware of a BPM conference labeling itself an “un”conference prior to bpmCamp 2010 @ Stanford, in january of this year, but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t one that I’m unaware of.  Our first attempt was a big

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Universal Translators, Open Source, and BPMN 2

Bruce Silver has recently posted his latest efforts to perform BPMN model interchange.  It has been a recurring theme on his blog, BPMN 2.0 and its potential for interchange, as well as XPDL’s capacity for interchange.  Recently Bruce went on

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ACM Tweet Jam, Belated Thoughts

So I couldn’t attend the recent ACM tweet jam live, as I was, well, working. But there were quite a few people participating, and reading the summaries after the fact, I can’t help but feeling a bit underwhelmed.  So much

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Activiti Updates Galore

Lots of news on the Activiti front lately. First, Tom Baeyens has a list of what industry experts are saying about Activiti.  I was even mentioned in this summary – a sure way to get a mention in our blog

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I See Business Professionals… Using BPMN

So Jim Sinur really opened a can of worms the other day with his missive on BPMN, literally calling for it to burn baby burn – nothing like a gentle start like that to initiate a moderate discussion of the

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Camunda and Activiti collaborate on Activiti Cycle

If I know Tom Baeyens, he’s pretty happy with this blog post announcing the collaboration of Activiti and Camunda on “Activiti Cycle”.  Previously, Camunda had announced Camunda Fox, a set of tools to help accelerate using open source software for

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