Archive for November, 2011

A Defense of Taylorism

Jakob Freund has written an interesting defense of Taylorism, and he makes a few interesting points that I don’t recall seeing in previous discussions about ACM v BPM. Actually, when I am driving, I am a zombie worker most of

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Happy Thanksgiving 2011

We’re approaching one of my favorite holidays in the United States, Thanksgiving.  Of course it is a great holiday because of the family traditions of getting together, the road trips, the airplane flights, the reacquainting with family near and far. 

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Learning about the Startup Genome Compass

Really interesting progress on the state of the art for startup process.  It recently got some coverage at Austin Startup, with a great infographic included. But it has previously been discussed on Steve Blank’s blog. The Genome Report is 68

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Whose Cloud is it?

Interesting review from John Reynolds, of the Kindle Fire.  He’s underwhelmed mainly by the form factor, and the lack of access to non-Amazon content. People often criticize Apple as having a “walled garden” – but if you read the following

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BPM Blogs Worth Reading

Alberto Manuel’s End to End BPM blog lists BPM Blogs worth reading in 2011 – linked here in case you don’t follow his blog directly or haven’t seen his posts on twitter.  He lists some of our favorite blogs, including

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BPM and Healthcare

ebizQ has an interesting two-page article on BPM and Healthcare titled “BPM: The healthcare industry’s prescription for serving patients better“, which uses the label BPM broadly (not specifically meaning “BPMS”): For example, Nunn says, one facility used BPM to reduce

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The Trouble with Rules (and who owns them)

David Brakoniecki wrote a great post on “those pesky rules” last month and I just had to comment on it.  The startling finding was that at one insurance company, 30% of the rules were flat wrong.  As David says: Given

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Getting it Done

I love the Graphing Calculator Story.  It is an oldie but a goodie. When I hear people (you know who you are!) lament a lack of corporate sponsorship as dooming a project to failure, I want to send them this

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Another Company Moving to Austin: BlackLocus

Nice to see more companies bringing talent and jobs to Austin. BlackLocus joins the list this week with news coverage from AustinStartup and the Austin-American Statesman: BlackLocus, a technology company founded in 2009 by three Carnegie Mellon University students, is

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IBM Fulfilling BPMN 2.0 Promises?

Bruce Silver reports that IBM is following through on its promises with respect to BPMN 2.0 in its next release, IBM BPM 7.5.1, which ships this week. Not that IBM is covering EVERY corner of BPMN 2.0, but it is

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Lamenting Definitions

In a flurry of posts recently there’s another attempt to sever ACM and BPM.  It’s a strange urgency among some ACM advocates to separate it from the idea of managing business processes. Keith misinterpreted my recent post on ACM/BPM –

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The End of Flash as we Know It

Usually when someone says “the end of” some technology, we can all snicker, knowing that this meme comes up every so often and is usually way off base.  In this case, with Adobe’s recent announcement of the end of Flash

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Really Expensive Real Estate

One anecdote from Isaacston’s Steve Jobs that really resonated for me was this amusing exchange between he and Ellison: At this point Jobs got real close to Ellison and said, “Larry, this is why it’s really important that I’m your

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The Wayback Machine on Appian's Blog is Broken

I got a kick out of reading Ben Farrell’s post on Appian’s blog today,  “What a Difference a BPM Software Acquisition Makes: A Look into the Wayback Machine“.  I think Ben thinks he’s really caught out Phil Gilbert, formerly President

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Bruce Silver Reviews IBM BPM 7.5

Bruce has left no stone un-turned in his review of IBM BPM 7.5.  In his words: IBM is the big dog in the BPMS landscape.  BPM 7.5 combines the old WebSphere Lombardi Edition and WebSphere Dynamic Process Edition (aka Process

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Building a Business

Fred Wilson has one of the best blogs on the subject of startups and investing.  Which is really no surprise given his cat-bird seat on the whole industry.  As a services startup, I occasionally find passages in his writing that

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Bruce Silver Weighs in on Metaphysical Questions

Bruce Silver, never one to shy from a debate, weighs in with a post I largely agree with: The question is BPM part of case management, or is case management part of BPM? is a metaphysical one.  I think, however,

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Understanding Failure of the Process Kind

Jacob Ukelson posted about preventing failure vs. fixing failure.  He make a few good points and along the way once again compares ACM / BPM by implication.  In a sense, many will argue, ACM is about learning from failure, and

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With Competitors Like These…

So John Gruber of Daring Fireball fame picks up on Seth Weintraub’s report that two-thirds of Google’s mobile search revenue comes from iOS devices.  John’s analysis echoes our own thoughts on the subject: I’ve speculated for years that by making

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John Reynolds: Disappearing BPM Programmer?

John Reynolds writes about the curious case of the disappearing BPM Programmer: So where does this distinction between Case and Process leave the BPM Programmer?  Are BPM skills irrelevant in the new world of Dynamic Case Management and Social Process? 

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