Category Archive for "backstage pass"

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Eight years

Eight is a lucky number in China.  When my wife’s company had its eighth anniversary she rented a cupcake food trailer and drove to 8 stops around town (customers’ addresses) and delivered custom cupcakes!  We’re not quite as hip at

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Austin’s 2015 Fast 50 Announced: the 50 fastest-growing companies in Austin

Every year the Austin Business Journal covers the Fast-50:  fifty of the fastest growing private companies in Austin.  Over the last 7-8 years, Austin has also been the strongest economy within which those fast companies are thriving. We’re proud to

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The Value of T-Shirts at BPMCAMP

We printed some great t-shirts for BPMCAMP, and then coincidentally I saw a post that made the topic worth writing about on the blog as well. Just recently local Austin entrepreneur Joshua Baer posted on Medium on the subject of

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BP3 in the ABJ: Best Places to Work Profile

The Austin Business Journal has been running daily articles on the Best Places to Work in Austin, and last week it was BP3’s turn, most of the text below: Describe your company’s workplace: Our culture isn’t about the ping pong

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Proud of our 2015 Interns

Our 2015 Interns represented well. This year they worked together to expand the scope of Brazos Portal’s compatibility with enterprise software like Asana and Rally.  They also worked out an interesting Apple Watch notification framework.  Both of which demo’ed really

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Oh the Places You’ll Go

We started BP3 in 2007, and bootstrapped it from just the two of us, to a team, to a company.  We used to quote Blues Brothers on a regular basis, “putting the band back together”…. because we felt like we

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BPMCAMP Early Returns

  [UPDATE: interested in BPMCAMP 2016?  The sign-up for information is here! ] I’ll have more to post about BPMCAMP as pictures and videos come in, and as I have time to synthesize.  But I’ll just say that it was

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The Value of Being There

In a day and age full of the virtual, perhaps we place a little more value on the personal, and the real. Virtual is better than letters, or email, but it isn’t better than a handshake or a hug, and

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Announcing: Brazos UI Enterprise 4

Our BP Labs team has released Brazos UI Enterprise version 4 last week.  I can’t emphasize enough what an awesome bit of engineering and coordination this release represents. Before we get into the details, let me just say how proud

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BPMCAMP 2015 In 3 weeks

It’s hard to believe BPMCAMP 2015 is only a few weeks away.  The content sessions are shaping up to be truly awesome. This is the conference we want to run for our own team, and we invite customers to join

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Legislating Competency: Another Perspective

Anatoly Belaychuk wrote a post in response to one of mine on the topic of legislating competency. We often find ourselves agreeing on topics related to BPM, despite very different backgrounds and experiences with different BPM tools. I take some

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Unfair Advantages and Recruiting

Back in March, on the SXSW-interactive panel that I participated in, one of the things we talked about was how we recruited top college graduates to Austin back in the ’90’s. It would be easy now to assume that Austin

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Austin’s Best Places to Work 2015: BP3 in the Top 8

Well, BP3 did all right in the Austin awards for Best Places to Work in 2015.  95% of the local work force has to respond to the survey to even be considered, and 70 companies were recognized across four categories.

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Legislating Competency

“Your goal is to set up the conditions for success.” At BP3 our teams go in and rescue a lot of BPM projects that previously failed to get off the ground with the big generalist consulting firms.  I thought a

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Taking Advice from Analysts

Is there anything better than an analyst firm telling everyone to pivot an industry? Of course, the post was written by Steve Wood, who has an axe to grind about his product, ManyWho, and therefore finds himself attending a conference

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Advice from Jean-Louis Gassée

Jean-Louis Gassée has offered advice on the HR-less performance review, and now also has a post on Firing well.  In both cases while I, and BP3, don’t do it the way Jean-Louis advises, our approach is closer to his than

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Is There a Process for the Pitch?

Lots of people have advice for the startup pitch.  Austin’s own Joshua Baer has given a presentation, several times, on the art of the pitch.  If I remember his three step process correctly it was: Make the case for change-

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Human Resources in the Era of Age Stereotypes

Last week I was honored to be invited to participate in a panel discussion at the AHRMA Workforce Readiness Day 2015 conference.  Especially honored because I am not, technically, an HR professional. Before our panel began, I listened to a

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Austin, Meet London

British Airways is selling out their direct flight between Austin and London.  I’ve flown it a few times already and love it. Apparently I’m not the only one. And now: news that British Airways is going to start flying the

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Organizational Debt

There’s common understanding of technical debt in software circles these days.  I think the concept applies to processes as well (queue the process debt posts I’ve written over the years). Steve Blank writes recently about Organizational Debt.  Possibly an outgrowth

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Austin Jobs Improve Again

Well, the good news keeps rolling in for Austin.  Despite blowing away the growth numbers of every other large-ish city in the United States, Austin also continues to fully employ its population – including newcomers. Meanwhile, the most recently reported

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BP3: Austin’s Best Places to Work 2015

Last year we made the list of Austin’s Best Places to Work for the first time. Of course, we’ve always been one of the best places to work in our hearts but the competition for these awards is tight! 2015

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Trilogy Alumni = Recruiting

Interesting article on LinkedIn by Mark Cunningham, a well-known recruiter here in Austin, Texas.  Mark waxed prolific about several of his favorite software execs (and presumably customers) in his post: Chad Walters Matt Howitt Samy Aboel-Nil Rad Favaron Phil Gilbert

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Build + Grow

Whenever we reach an inflection point at BP3 and need to evaluate the right next steps, I’m always grateful for the ability to read about all those who have come before us and their experiences.  It is upon their examples

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Stories from College Recruiting: T-shirts

We’ve had some great interns and college hires at BP3.  One of the things that has made it fun for us is the reaction interns have when we re-connect.  Hugs at job fairs, dinners out, and truly investing in their

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Differentiation

“If we consider BPM broadly, and not just the IT project, one of the most overlooked steps is getting into production. How many consultant recommendations and power points are laying around collecting dust (some, maybe for good reason), how many

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Doing Things that Don’t Scale

At BP3, a big part of the customer experience we create for customers is by doing things that “don’t scale”. But I’m always looking for inspiration from other sources.  And the other day I found it in the Groove blog:

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9 Keys to the Business of BPM #bpmNEXT

At bpmNEXT this year they tried something new, a set of sessions about the business of BPM and predictions for the future.  I really liked the format (setting aside my own session), as it really appealed to those of us

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Talking versus Doing

Neil Cybart’s post on the Battle for Mindshare is telling: The Verge: “Up close with the HoloLens, Microsoft’s most intriguing product in years” The New Yorker: “HoloLens: Microsoft Finally Does Something Interesting” Business Insider: “I Just Tried Microsoft’s Remarkable Holographic

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Emerging Market Opportunity in BPM

Historically, BPM has often been applied to businesses to improve operations.  Sometimes those operations directly support customers, and sometimes those operations are considered “back office” or internal. As BPM has matured, we’re experiencing a new market opportunity:  Software and Services

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From the Monday Note: Breaking Laws

The Monday Note has a great piece on the Laws that Apple is breaking with it’s latest quarterly results.  The thing is, we hear these critiques leveled against much smaller companies all the time. At BP3, let me just relate

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Why Neches?

BP3 recently announced the GA release of our tool for analyzing IBM BPM solutions – Neches. This is a product that I have been working on for many years. Those who know me well may be aware that baby versions of

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Leveling Up

Start from the Premise: You want a Promotion I read everything Jocelyn Goldfein posts because her writing is so good, so clear.  After reading her post “How to ask for a Promotion” on Medium, I’ve been thinking about writing on

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The Future of Work

In a recent BPM.com discussion the question was asked “Will All Workers Be Knowledge Workers in the Future?” It sparked a good discussion, as expected. My take is that an economy that just consists of automated bots negotiating with each

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International Business

I never imagined my wife and I are both traveling to Europe for the second time in a year.  We were actually headed to different cities for business, and then meeting up in Rome for a few days.  And we

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Smoke Signals

I’m not a big believer in managing by smoke signals.  When you read about Fortune 500 companies in magazines, the authors often write about CEOs and leaders in those organizations, and key moments in their tenure. They almost always discuss

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Mental Models

After meeting all week with our BP3 UK colleagues in Austin, I commented on twitter that planning is really a good mental exercise to do, periodically.  As we exit the week, for example, we have a good model of customer

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2014: Year in Review

2014 was another great year for BPM, and for BP3.  2014 Lacked the fireworks of some previous years – fewer acquisitions and fewer existential arguments between ACM, BPM, and ECM proponents.  What we did see was BPM vendors acquiring capabilities

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Speaking of Releases – Brazos UI Enterprise 3.13 Released

Yesterday we announced version 1.4 of Brazos Portal, and as with previous versions we’re offering downloads of the free trial.  Today, a new release of Brazos UI Enterprise was published, and is available immediately to our Enterprise support customers.  12

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A Year in BPM Blogging, 2014

Again our Blog had a good year.  Page Views per month were sitting at around 9,000 at the end of 2013… But by the end of 2014, page views were in the 13,000 to 14,000 range. Interest in Brazos and

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to our team members, customers, and partners!  Hope everyone has the opportunity to take a little break from making the world safer for better business processes, and to spend a little more time with their favorite Apple devices(!)

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Vacation

‘Tis the Season for vacations in the US, and in many parts of the world.  Many of the folks on our team are on vacation this week and next – but we have a skeleton crew keeping the lights on

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Brazos UI: de Facto Standard User Interface for IBM BPM

Nothing more flattering than someone writing a practical how-to for BPM UI and using your BPM User Interface framework to do it! And that’s just what happened over on the Process Ramblings blog. He was writing his BPM UI tips

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2014: Year in Review

I think it is no exaggeration to say that 2014 has been a banner year for BP3. This year we released Brazos Portal, and Brazos UI Enterprise.  We released Neches Analysis into Beta, a product we think will change BPM implementations

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Phil Gilbert: Fostering Ideas in the Workplace

In a piece entitled “Hearing Every Voice in the Room“, and subtitled “How IBM Brings Ideas Forward from Its Teams”, Phil Gilbert lays out how the IBM Design Studio has really redesigned the process of surfacing new ideas and bringing

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Discussions of BPM Opportunities for 2015

Over on BPM.com, there’s a discussion on the challenges for BPM in 2015.  Being an optimist, I just can’t help but view the challenges as opportunities. As we near the new year, what do you think will be the biggest

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Pricing Determines Your Experience

We talk a lot about customer experience at BP3.  A recent post by Jason Cohen of WP Engine explains, contrary to conventional wisdom, that pricing determines your business: But I disagree. Price is as important as any other feature to

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Tacos in Austin?

Bon Appétit has named the 10 best tacos in Austin.  By which, they realistically are talking about the 10 best tacos, period. I love the article and the layout and the explanation.  A few corrections (in my humble opinion) to

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What can we learn from Apple’s Earnings?

Apple’s earnings came out a few weeks ago, and I found some of the information revealed to be startling.  But what can we learn from it?  AAPL Orchard has a great overview of the earnings and some thoughts regarding takeaways.

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Fred Wilson on Values

Such a great read from Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson, on Values: Most companies have a mission statement and many have a values statement. But not so many companies live their values so much that they permeate the company and

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