11 Random Thoughts on Business Process Management

Before I forgot these and while the RedBull was still coursing through my veins I decided to Tweet them but after a request here they are in collective format so feel free to comment 🙂

BPM Random Thoughts #1: BPM has never really risen above BPR as a discipline

BPM Random Thoughts #2: BPM as a term has always been more suited to the vendor market

BPM Random Thoughts #3: We are heading for a process culture clash between structured vs. unstructured/ dynamic process

BPM Random Thoughts #4: Has ‘process’ been the wrong focus all along ?

BPM Random Thoughts #5: Why have suites never had automated ‘stewardship’ to determine the existence of similar models for reusability #bpm

BPM Random Thoughts #6: What are the real stats between structured vs. dynamic processes in an enterprise ?

BPM Random Thoughts #7: If there are more dynamic and unstructured processes to consider, where does that leave BPMN ?

BPM Random Thoughts #8: If we have a MDM strategy does that mean we need a MPM one too ? (Master Process Management)

BPM Random Thoughts #9: A process is little more than a string of activities, and string is far more flexible than a process….

BPM Random Thoughts #10: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is not a term used in Case Management

BPM Random Thoughts #11: Social BPM will (a) become the fabric interwoven with future strategies (b) the harbinger of doom of legacy

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5 responses to “11 Random Thoughts on Business Process Management

  1. Non-random replies for random thoughtsBPM Random Thoughts #1: BPM has never really risen above BPR as a disciplineBPM has different frequency – BPR has been done once, BPM is applied iteratively and continuously BPM Random Thoughts #2: BPM as a term has always been more suited to the vendor marketAt present, BPM is the vendor-centric-market, yet.BPM Random Thoughts #3: We are heading for a process culture clash between structured vs. unstructured/ dynamic processOnly in the minds of vendors and, maybe consultants, but business. BPM Random Thoughts #4: Has ‘process’ been the wrong focus all along ?What else?BPM Random Thoughts #5: Why have suites never had automated ‘stewardship’ to determine the existence of similar models for reusability #bpmMoney talks BPM Random Thoughts #6: What are the real stats between structured vs. dynamic processes in an enterprise ?Your imagination defines this boundary.BPM Random Thoughts #7: If there are more dynamic and unstructured processes to consider, where does that leave BPMN ?Fragments to be correctly done without un-expected creativity.BPM Random Thoughts #8: If we have a MDM strategy does that mean we need a MPM one too ? (Master Process Management)No – Guru Process CoachingBPM Random Thoughts #9: A process is little more than a string of activities, and string is far more flexible than a process….Its is a spring for your information.BPM Random Thoughts #10: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is not a term used in Case ManagementWhat is Case management?BPM Random Thoughts #11: Social BPM will (a) become the fabric interwoven with future strategies (b) the harbinger of doom of legacyYour are not very SOCIAL with this double ducth….Thanks,AS

  2. TheoI think everyone will have different views on your 11 comments but I sense a range of new conversations around BPM in the past few months with the acknowledgement of Gartner and the likes that structured, modelled processes are not the be all and end all. There is an increasing awareness that the way we do business and processes will change as a result of they way we interact with social software. How vendors, analysts and business users will shape future BPM (or whatever it is called in future – who thought we would use Google and Facebook as nouns) remains to be seen, but there is definately new conversations and questions around BPM as we know it.Pieter

  3. Theo, very interesting list.#1: BPRSee http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-difference-between-workflow-and-bpr/2648276#3: structured vs. unstructured/ dynamic process#4: ‘process’ been the wrong focus?#6: real stats between structured vs. dynamic processes#7: If there are more dynamic and unstructured processes to consider, where does that leave BPMN ?#8: Master Process Management)#9: a string of activities#11: Social BPMAs I am sure you are already aware, all of these are themes of the Adaptive Case Management movement and touched upon in the new book:http://www.MasteringTheUnpredictable.com/-Keith

  4. #1 No, as I saw results of BPR- and BPM-projects
    #2 Yes, BPM is a vendor-driven market; unfortunately
    #3 Not a clash, by an attempt to make the latter as explicit as the former
    #4 Sure; right focus is the coordination (and several coordination techniques)
    #5 Yes for ‘stewardship’ no for ‘dictatorship’
    #6 A bit better than iceberg ratio
    #7 Sort of; to make the coordination explicit; but rather simplified (as from SGML to XML)
    #8 Yes
    #9 Again – make the coordination explicit
    #10 They use different coordination techniques; convergence (via a reference model) is necessary
    #11 hope for (c) a way to move from vendor-centric to custom centric BPM

    Thanks,
    AS

  5. @As your reply to #7 I think is a great start to the discussion about how to format business process (be it dynamic or static) in the future. When you sit and think about it almost all process is dynamic on some level the question becomes the frequency of change and the driver of change. I think there is something we can do as an industry to use the drivers no matter what they are to assist with the transitions that @theopriestly is pointing out with these random thoughts.

    In my view business process is a learning system that changes with knowledge source at the business morphs to meet the ever changing business landscape. XML is a great tool for representing knowledge and process systems can utilize this to their advantage by having processes that flow with the knowledge gathered by the process system. I actually presented a poster presentation about this at #balisage earlier this month and would be happy to discuss is further with those interested.

    Paul Ryan
    http://www.infotrustgroup.com

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