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Wirearchy – a pattern for an adaptive organization?

What is a Wirearchy?  How does it work?  When should it be considered?  When should it be avoided?  What are the advantages?  This post covers the basics elements of a Wirearchy.

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Zero-code BPM Systems

The concept of “zero code” is the wish-fulfillment myth of the BPM industry.  Many advertisements will claim that the processes can be designed without any coding.  This complete hog-wash.  There is, however, a possibility for a zero-code system, but let’s imagine … Continue reading

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Not an Agent, but a Personal Assistant

It seemed that most of the talks at BPMNext mentioned agents at some level — but the meanings varied.  After many discussions it seems that we might focus on a special type of agent we can call a “Personal Assistant” … Continue reading

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Complex Behavior Emerges from Simple Rules

At TEDxZurich 2013 Nicolas Perony gave an excellent talk about complexity that has relevance in the collaboration technology field.  He has some excellent examples of how complex systems differ from complicated, machine oriented system, as well as the risks of … Continue reading

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Goldratt: the Theory of Constraints

Before BPM came Goldratt and the Theory of Constraints in the 1980’s.  This idea can be seen as the groundwork for most of the ‘process oriented’ thinking today.

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Emergence versus Entropy in Management

Julian Birkinshaw professor at the London Business School had an interesting article in Forbes a couple weeks ago titled “Managing Complexity: The Battle Between Emergence And Entropy” which comes close to, but falls just short of, making a good recommendation … Continue reading

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Applying Complexity Science to Management

This session from the Global Peter Drucker Forum has a lot of gems about management in highly complex situation.  Many good hints on leadership for knowledge workers.

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15 Key Lessons for Managing Complexity

Managing Complexity was the topic for this year’s Global Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna a few weeks ago.  Complexity overwhelms the old style of command and control management, but the followers of Drucker offer better alternatives.  I wish could have … Continue reading

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Adaptive Work Patterns in SAP Jam

A couple of people alerted me to this announcement by SAP last Monday about their new capability to support work patterns because it parallels in many ways to the message about adaptive case management.

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Absolutely Self-Managed Workers

Why not get rid of management entirely? That was the thesis of Doug Kirkpatrick’s talk at the Building Business Capability conference this week about the Morning Star Company, a company which has tried the radical approach of being entirely flat, … Continue reading

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