3 Innovative Approaches to Process Modeling

In a post titled “Business Etiquette Modeling” I made a plea for modeling business processes such that they naturally deform themselves as needed to accommodate changes.  If we model a fixed process diagram, it is too fragile, and can be costly to manually maintain.  While I was at the EDOC conference and the BPM conference, I saw three papers that introduce innovations which are not completely defined solutions, they represent solid research on steps in the right direction.  Here is a quick summary of each. Continue reading

Business Etiquette Modeling: a new paradigm for process

The AdaptiveCM 2014 workshop this past Monday provided a very interesting discussion of the state of the art in adaptive case management and other non-workflow oriented ways for supporting knowledge work. While there I presented, and we discussed, an intriguing new way to think about processes which I call “Business Etiquette Modelling” Continue reading

Collective Adaptive Systems (CAS)

The BPM 2014 conference, Sept 7-12, has been moved from Israel to Eindhoven Holland (because of unrest in the middle east) and I will be giving a keynote on Wednesday Sept 10.  There will be an interesting workshop on Business Processes in Collective Adaptive Systems (BPCAS’14) on Monday, associated with a group called FoCAS (Fundamentals of Collective Adaptive Systems). Continue reading

A Scenario for Discussing Personal Assistants

There is an important role for a type of intelligent agent we might call a personal assistant.  What are personal assistants?  What new do they bring to mix?  What effect will they have?  This post explores the boundaries, and introduces a scenario which might be used to discuss the effect of agents. Continue reading

One Common Definition for BPM

Business Process Management (BPM) remains the subject with a thousand faces.  The lack of a well accepted definition is the single most harmful thing to the industry.  Among a hundred articles there will be dozens of differing definitions of BPM.  Without a single common understand of BPM, we can’t make a single conclusive statement about what BPM does or does not do, how you might or might not use it.  This post is the result of hundreds of hours of sorting, sifting, discussing, analyzing and crafting. Continue reading

Should we focus on the negative?

The WfMC and many other who help have been trying to highlight the positive examples of both BPM and ACM by collecting use cases, judging the best, and publishing in compendia.  It was Socrates who said there is value in a focus on the negative:  he would rather be refuted than to refute another because being rid oneself of evil of harboring false beliefs is better than ridding it in another.   Continue reading