Lean BPM

According to a recent Forrester presentation, Lean is the way to promote BPM. One statistic that surprised me from that is that Agile, while the most common method for delivering BPM initiatives, still comprises only 34% of the approaches. Also surprising is that 20% still rely on Waterfall. Forrester suggests all should use agile. I …

Gartner Says Most Organizations Lack All the Skills Needed to Implement and Optimize Their Business Processes

While this article is not new, its title caught my eye while doing some other research.  Quite a bold statement from Gartner. I wonder why there's not the typical 80% chance by 2010 parenthetical? I do agree with the extract: “Successful BPM requires an agile iterative approach to process change. Many internal IT organizations and …

Testing for Agility

I endorse a post by Dean Leffingewell on evaluating enterprise agility. In it he explains three key test areas: Variable Scope. Fixed Quality Incremental Value Delivery Empowerment and Accountability I am going to get picky here, so read the rest at your own discretion... Perhaps, I'd rearrange the sub bullets under different main headings. For …

Agile Development is so Old Fashioned

The functioning principles of Agile (and process improvement more broadly) can be found in lean manufacturing and six sigma. These concepts date back to just after World War II and include error proofing, eliminating waste, creating flow, adding customer value, and empowering workers. If you are interested in deeper understanding I suggest reading the above links and: …