Category Archive for "Methodology"

Blueworks Live Best Practices

This post is from Krista White, co-author of our new guide to BP3’s Blueworks Live Best Practices posted below. Krista also works on Neches and the Brazos suite. Over the last few years I’ve noticed an increase in the volume

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BPM Migration: 4 Approaches to Success

This post is from Andrew Paier VP of BP Labs. BP Labs is an extension of our consulting services that provides white glove service to help our customers sleep at night. I like to think of it as the private

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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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Neches Analysis – Revealed [Video]

For those of you who missed the Neches demonstration at IBM Interconnect two weeks ago, we have a treat:  a step-by-step tutorial of Neches for Analysis in action. BP3’s Neches Analysis Explained from bp3 on Vimeo.   Or if you

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Process First, then Data

Every once in a while you read something that reveals that someone else in your market space just has a very different view of how it works.  I like to keep up with what other BPM software and services vendors

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Over-Optimizing – Effective Business Process User Interfaces (Part 2)

In Lean thinking, one of the cardinal sins is overproduction. In BPM thinking, we always assume that the requirements are wrong. When you take those two principles together, it should be clear that an iterative approach with frequent testing of our

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BP3 Brazos UI Webinar: Tuesday September 10

What: A Webinar on the BP3 Brazos UI Toolkit for IBM BPM When: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 10:00AM US Central Daylight Time Who : Ivan Kornienko, and you Register: http://ow.ly/opZKg The first Brazos webinar on August 27th was a

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How Can This Keep Happening?

[Editor’s note: this is a guest post from Andrew Paier’s blog, and fits well within the themes we’ve often discussed here about failed projects by major IT services firms, and failures of big-bang deployments- and why it pays to go

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Identifying the Major Anti-Patterns to Business Value

Perhaps more useful than telling you the right things to do in your BPM projects, is helping you identify the “anti-patterns” to their business value.  Avoiding them, or not, sets the stage for project success.  The whitepaper, Identifying the Anti-Patterns, authored

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What We Would Talk About at IBM Impact

We’ve been honored to have speaking roles at IBM Impact for each of the last 3 years.  We’re hoping to return to the speaker’s podium again in 2013!  I really like some of the sessions we proposed, and thought it

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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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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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Lean Startups and BPM

Just saw this blog post from Clay Richardson of Forrester, titled “Think Like A Lean Startup for BPM Success”: The next day when I reflected on the conversation, I had a moment of satori. I could see that startups share

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Increase BPM Method Effectiveness

When I hear how well or how poor implementation techniques worked for a given project the one telltale factor comes down to alignment between the project and the company’s values. I think something which gets overlooked all too often is

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Budget First

Over on ebizQ Peter Schooff asked the question, “What is the ideal scope for a BPM project?“, and it is a fair question. Some of the answers focused on defining the goal, the problems, the solutions, and working your way

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Silos in Your Mind

Loved this post by Jaisundar, “Leverage BPM to Kill the Silos. In Your Mind“: …What was worse, these silos did not exist in the IT landscape at all. They were forming in our minds.Yes, business users’ thinking was becoming siloed.

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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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Technical Debt as Metaphor for Future Cost

Dave Brakoniecki writes about Technical Debt: The fundamental metaphor underlying technical debt is easily understood in technology circles but nearly incomprehensible outside of them. Unless you understand in detail the technical trade-off you have no appreciation for how you are

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BPM Delivery Process as a BlueworksLive Template

Lance wrote up a description of a BlueworksLive template we’ve shared with the IBM BlueworksLive community, and it is now published on the BlueworksLive Blog.  It is mostly just a way for us to give back a little to a

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Great session on Change Management at Gartner BPM Summit #BPM11

Gartner’s BPM Summit this year in Baltimore was a little different than previous years for a few reasons. First off, almost 850 attendees were present according to Gartner’s stats which is a  non-trivial improvement over last year! Secondly, for the

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Great Response to our #IBMImpact Presentation: Keeping the "Business" in BPM

We are truly grateful for the opportunity to present at Impact.  It is a rare opportunity to share what you do for a living with your colleagues and peers – and I just wanted to take time out to the

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Anatoly on ebizQ: Doing BPM Right

Anatoly is one of the clearest communicators on the subject of BPM today, from a practitioner’s viewpoint.  A few choice quotes: AB: First of all, there is a kind of a general understanding of how to do BPM right. But

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What BPM Can Learn from the Lean Startup

Since the beginning of the SXSW-interactive conference, I’ve posted a few times about the Lean Startup sessions and hinted that they might apply to BPM. Heading into the IBM Impact conference, this feels like the right time to talk about

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ebizQ: Lean and BPM

ebizQ has a two part series on BPM and Lean – something we’ve written about in the past and our own Lance Gibbs is a proponent of: Lean is actually a process of experimentation, rapid iterative cycles of learning and

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Speaking with a Clear Voice: Derek Miers

After reading another of Derek Miers’ posts on Forrester’s site, I have to say I am once again struck by how Derek speaks (and writes) with such a clear voice.  In a recent conversation, he replayed my own words back

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The Agile/BPM Meme

Seems we just posted on Lean-Agile as it relates to BPM, when  another article on Agile BPM appears on ebizQ, by Jack Vaughan. Oh wait, we really did just write about this topic! Only the day before the ebizQ article

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Lean-Agile for your BPM Delivery

Why Lean–Agile Delivery for BPM? With all the different techniques out there for software delivery it’s understandable why companies pick different flavors based on the nature of their projects. Even the analyst community at times differs on what iterative-based approaches

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