Archive for December, 2011

"Wave" Goodbye

Jiasundar’s post on Google Wave finally turning out the lights reminded me of our own attempt to collaborate on a blog post via Google Wave. We got reasonable far with it but ran out of steam – I think partly

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BlueworksLive Update – December 2011

IBM has released a new update to BlueworksLive, on December 17th.  We had a preview just two days before it went live to discuss some of the thought behind the features. What interests me isn’t just the outcome but the

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Simplify, Please

Gary Comerford: I think one of the reasons that a lot of process management projects tend to get bogged down is because they try to understand the ‘whole level of detail’ issue way too early. I sat today with one

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A New Process for Products?

Yesterday’s post on the Cosmonaut has me thinking about how new products are developed and released into the wild.  We focus so much on startups and processes in the software and virtual world, but Kickstarter has exposed a new process

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A Short Review of Cosmonaut

(Editors note: this is part product review, part examination of a new process emerging) Well, we know Steve Jobs was not a big fan of the stylus.  And I’m happy Apple didn’t design touch interfaces that required them.  But like

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Another Take on the Talent Shortage

According to Naval, we’ve got the problem all wrong: “There isn’t a shortage of developers and designers. There’s a surplus of founders.” He makes a compelling argument as to the “why” : The cost of starting a company has collapsed.

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Austin Keeps Rolling

Lots of good economic news in the city of Austin lately. Formula 1 is back on track.  There’s some debate, locally, about the value this has for Austin’s economy, but it is clearly a net-positive for the next 10 years. 

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Retention Failures

Eric Jackson of Forbes recently wrote the Top Ten Reasons Why Large Companies Fail to Keep Their Best Talent. The article lays out some very good reasons why top talent gets frustrated with big companies. But the focus is still

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BPM Methods: A Change in Software LifeCycle

Editor’s note: this is a repost of Gary Samuelson’s post of the same title on his own blog, found here.  As in business, BPM projects either produce or fail. And, in varying degrees, BPM honestly tries. Maintaining net-value is an

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The Not-Integrated Approach

There are lots of arguments for and against Apple’s integrated approach.  As I recall from economics and watching certain industries, there’s an efficiency to horizontal scaling of an industry. But, we’ve seen the design benefits of the integrated approach with

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Fill in the White Space, and Inverting the Process Life Cycle

It isn’t easy to fill in the white space.  It is harder to design a good software solution from scratch than to fix a bug in an otherwise working solution, or to design a small addition to a working piece

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How Big a Role for BPMN?

Peter Schooff of ebizQ asks: “How big of a role does BPMN play in today’s projects?” And the responses were interesting to me.  Most of them took the line that BPMN isn’t that important, or that they don’t typically use

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Lest you think that Mergers are the Stuff of ACM…

Jim Sinur weighs in with a blog post that supports a point I’ve made before:  that companies who aggressively acquire other companies use standard processes to make it work.  Take this anecdote from Jim: This success snippet is about an

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More BPM Acquisitions in 2011

Analysts were predicting more consolidation in 2011, and it looks like the late-year acquisitions are happening again. First, doc capture specialist Kofax has acquired Singularity, a BPM and case management provider.  Kofax has been part of many a BPM project,

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