DMN TCK – Three Years Later

It was at the bpmNEXT conference three years ago that I was persuaded to start the DMN TCK group to strengthen the DMN standards effort.  It has turned out better, and accomplished more than I imagined.

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bpmNEXT 2019

Another perfect week in Santa Barbara.  Here are some notes I took from the keynote speeches from Nathaniel Palmer, Jim Sinur, and Sandy Kemsley.

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Business Process Models are Not Agile

This is the final post on the problems of business process models for automating work, and one that sums it all up:  hand drawn business process models simply are not agile enough.

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Agreement Itself Holds Companies Back

In the last five posts I outlined five ways that business process models are dificient when it comes to automating work.  In this post I give a sixth, and quite possibly the most significant problem:  Agreement takes effort, and once you have agreement, that agreement becomes a barrier to further change.

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Problem with the ‘Omniscient View’

This is another in a series of posts discussing why it is time to move beyond the process model.  The last two posts were about BPMN and CMMN respectively, however the actual problem is deeper.  Even if you found the perfect modeling notation, the fact that you have to bring everything together into one place is a bigger barrier to success.

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And CMMN as Well

We knew that BPMN needed fixing, but CMMN didn’t fix it enough.  This is another installment in the series on how we need to move beyond process models for automating work.  The last post pointed to limitations in BPMN, and this post covers CMMN.

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How BPMN Misses the Target

One bright hope for business process modeling, developed between 2003 and 2010, was the standard known as Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN). This would be the way to model businesses!  But today, most people use a simple flowchart in everyday use.  Why is that?

Just this week I received an email from a professor in Germany with some process models and with the apology: “Sorry, these are not in BPMN or any formal notation.”   Well, they usually aren’t and it is time to start asking they question: why? Continue reading

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