Archive for November, 2010

63 Types of Events

Paul Vincent on BPMN 2 events (all 63 types of them) : OK, “63 types of event” needs a bit of explanation (and justification). These consist of: 13 main event types: untyped, message, timer, escalation, conditional, link, error, cancel, compensation,

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GNUstep lives

Back in college I was fortunate enough to sign up for CS 193e (or was it d?).  My friends sometimes joked that I majored in CS193 because I took just about the whole series a, b, c, d, e, u,

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Happy Thanksgiving

As we do every year, we’d like to say thanks to our customers, our partners, and our blog readers.  And of course, thank you to our team members, and to their families who support them in doing this thing we

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Model Consistency Across Initiatives

Sandy Kemsley recently blogged about a session led by Bank of America’s Peter Braun, at CASCON.  The juicy part of her coverage is: They also have to deal with model governance to keep the WBM and IFW models in sync:

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Good BPM Presentation Resource

I noticed a link to Sandy Kemsley’s Slideshare group for BPM, and thought I’d call it out in our blog for future reference (I believe it was a reference from Marco Brambilla that led me to this). It appears to

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Sandy Kemsley's Coverage of BlueWorks Live

Sandy attended a sneak peak of Blueworks Live recently, and has reported on it in her blog: They are trying to reinvent the public BPM community, while avoiding the problems that they perceive with other vendors’ community sites: They are

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Terry Schurter: Is BPM Right for Your Organization?

It isn’t a bad policy to just read everything Terry Schurter publishes (whether you agree or disagree with the positions).  This one starts out making the case for people and content in BPM: In my view, BPM is really about

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BEL, Meet BPM

Sandy Kemsley covered a few sessions at CASCON on her blog, and a few of them caught my attention.  In particular her blog of Richard Hull’s Keynote on Business Entities with Lifecycles.  Interesting take on present state of BPM: He

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Design Patterns in BPM – Lost Cause?

Sandy Kemsley covered Janette Wong’s talk at CASCON recently. The point of the talk was to discuss applying workflow patterns to modeling business requirements, and turning those into executable business processes. A good bit of the commentary revolved around all

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BPM = Email and Spreadsheets?

Jacob Ukelson has another couple of thought-provoking posts on Choosing a Process Management Tool, and then evaluating Email + Spreadsheets against those criteria. The proposed criteria: 1. Ease of to use for all the constituents involved in the proces implementation

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Great Summary of BPM Antecedents

If you needed a pictorial view of BPM history in one screenshot, Marco Brambilla has it for you.  Of course, this is just from one perspective and anything this simple can be nitpicked, but it does capture some interesting trends

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HBR and Process Improvement Culture

The Harvard Business Review recently covered Process Improvement, and considers the question of why it is so hard for companies to maintain their process improvement culture after a prominent leader departs.  The primary example is Allied Signal and Larry Bossidy:

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Bruce Silver Reviews Another BPMS

Missed this when it first ran on Bruce’s site, but he now has a review out for DST’s AWD: One of the oldest BPMS’s around is one you may not have heard of: AWD from DST Technologies.  If you send

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Seizing Opportunities

Steve Blank’s writing about startups often offers insights far beyond the startup world.  Take this post, “You Negotiate Commodities, but Seize Opportunities“: I hadn’t just lost a potential advisor I had lost an irreplaceable opportunity. We lost him not just

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Lombardi BPM on the Road

The IBM Lombardi blog has an update on their Roadshow, where they are showing off the Websphere Lombardi Edition product: Impact 2010 proved to be a launching ground for Lombardi BPM. Since the flagship event in May, Lombardi BPM has

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EMC: Role of Process Improvement Methodology in BPM

I was surprised to run across this article from EMC/Documentum. It is a pretty thoughtful post about Process Improvement methodology and BPM.  It starts with a pretty good background proposition to set the tone: BPM and PI share a common

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"It Just Confirms I'm as Smart as I Thought I Was" part 2

Gartner’s 2010 Magic Quadrant for BPM Suites is out.  As Sandy Kemsley points out, you can almost determine the contents of the report from the requisite vendor press releases (which reminds me of our previous post on the Forrester Wave):

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Furthering the "Startup Process"

Steve Blank’s posts on the Business Model/Customer Development/Lean Startup stack have been really compelling reading, and I believe are zeroing in on what may be a repeatable process for startups.  It doesn’t mean the process always yields a successful startup

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MWD Takes Equating BPM with Taylorism to Task

Neil Ward-Dutton of MWD Advisors takes issue with equating BPM with Taylorism: So I was really surprised to find all the tweets pointing to this post (”You failed at Customer Service, so now try Social Processes“), which seemed to be

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