Archive for January, 2013

Task Assignment and Transfer

Anatoly’s 2nd BPMN Assumption is that the organization has mechanisms for task assignment and transfer.  This is, strangely, one of the things that trips up people new to BPM.  Why?  Because in traditional flowcharts, the hand-off is something you would

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Tesla Marketing Process

Paul D’arcy’s blog (Science of Revenue) discusses the disruptive marketing of Tesla: Tesla is creatively using marketing to upend the auto industry business model: There are no Tesla dealers There are no commissioned sales people Tesla cars are marketed and

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Every Once in a While the Tool Matters

Another good post from Anatoly on BPMN pitfalls.  In this post, he discusses a problem of timing, with respect to BPMN messages between processes.  The key example is illustrated by his diagram as follows: A process A sends BPMN message

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Process Center of Excellence

Establishment and refinement of a “Process Center of Excellence” (PCoE) is one of the initiatives we’re currently working on with our clients. Though many companies have a process management team or teams within the enterprise, frequently there are capability gaps

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Is BPM Dead? Appian says No

Appian reported results for Q4 and 2012 that indicate BPM is anything but dead.  We already knew it wasn’t dead for IBM and Pega, but it isn’t even dead for the independent software vendors like Appian!  Of course, they are

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The Next Big Thing in BPM – bpmNEXT

bpmNEXT is coming March 19-21, at Asilomar Conference Center on the Monterey Peninsula.  I’m excited to be attending, but also honored to be presenting.  I like that Bruce and company have taken a different approach to this conference: No how-tos,

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Orthogonal

 Orthogonal is one of my favorite words.  From Merriam Webster: 1  a : intersecting or lying at right angles    b : having perpendicular slopes or tangents at the point of intersection 5  statistically independent I don’t claim that I use

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Austin and the Economy

Austin’s economy continues to crank right along.  While the unemployment crept upward slightly, Austin created more than 34,000 jobs in 2012, more jobs than we’ve created here since 2006. The commission doesn’t immediately adjust local data to reflect the impact

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BlueworksLive Updates – October and December

While no one was looking, IBM has continued to ratchet up the functionality available in BlueworksLive.  In the October 2012 release: Improvements to navigating and filtering The layout algorithm has been improved, with better support for parallel flows.  This is

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Anatoly’s BPMN Assumptions

Part 1 of Anatoly’s BPMN assumptions postings is spot-on: “All Information is Stored“.  I thought we could add some additional context and color to his posts here.  It would be easy to read the title and misconstrue his point.  The

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The Race to a Billion

Asymco has a new post on “The Race to a Billion” – and it is quite interesting:     Amazing. Facebook (free) nearly at a billion users.  Set that aside.  More impressive is Android’s approach toward 1 billion users –

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The Other Side of Asking for Help

There’s a lot of advice in startup circles advising entrepreneurs to not be shy – to ask for the help they want.  To avail themselves of many free resources that are available (and which they might assume they need to

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Design, IBM, and Margins

Great article on RedMonk regarding the importance of design to IBM.  The questions is whether an IBM can convert some of its R&D spend to Design spend, and achieve better financial results.  And whether “packaging” a vertically integrated software stack

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iOS First

Thanks to a link on daring fireball, I read this entertaining comment thread on the BBC’s website.  Mostly, it consists of Android users complaining that the BBC releases apps on iOS first. But the BBC comes back with a very

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Barriers to Effective BPM

I like Chris Taylor’s post on barriers to effective BPM. He lists three of the key problems for BPM initiatives, and it reminded me of some of the issues customers have often confronted in adopting BPM. The first problem he

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Process and Manufacturing, Part 3 (Back in the US)

Steve Denning offers interesting analysis in his article on Forbes, “Why Apple and GE Are Bringing Back Manufacturing“, as well as a harsh judgment against out-sourcing, calling it “the most short-sighted business decision in history”. He recounts that Apple is

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Process and Manufacturing, Part 2 (Own your Factory)

Horace Dediu’s analysis of Apple’s new factories is a compelling read.  Apple has such scale, and so much cash, and cashflow, that it is engaging in strategy that is deeper and further into the possible future than most companies. Of

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Process and Manufacturing, Part 1 (Apple)

There’s a fair amount of speculation that Apple may be moving from yearly updates to its iPhone and iPad product lines, to 6-month-updates.  This would represent a doubling of the pace of product introductions, and might result in smoothing out

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Does Modeling Inhibit Innovation?

Does Modeling Inhibit Innovation?  Phrased that way, it sounds silly. Of course it doesn’t.  We use models all the time to improve our understanding, or our ability to communicate about what the model represents. But it has been en vogue

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A Year in Review (BP3 and BPM)

It has been a banner year for BP3 – we grew over 25% year-over-year and finished the year strong – our last three months were our best months of the whole year.  January and February look to be more of

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A Year In Review (Blog)

Happy New Year! It was another good year for our blog and readership numbers and subscribers are up once again.  I hope that is a reflection of our doing a good job of sharing our point of view about process

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