Archive for May, 2008

Discussing BPMN

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Agenda des Netzwerk-Treffens

On 22 May 2008 we (the local BPM Expert Circle of the Gesellschaft für Organisation and the local BPM-Network) had a joint meeting at the Resco GmbH in Hamburg, Germany. The roundtable with approximately 30 participants was moderated by Jörg Rodenhagen, I had been invited as a speaker. The topic of the evening: Chances and limits of the BPMN.

BPMN Diskussion

As You can see in the agenda, the idea was to start a discussion based on my lecture (even though, according to the flipchart the sandwiches were apparently the highlight of the evening), especially against the background of BPMN’s ambition to close the gap between Business and IT. The discussion was lively and open, and the atomsphere relaxed, which is, in my opinion, the best basis to learn from and with each other.

Accordingy, we came to some interesting results.

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Do we actually need BPMN?

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The Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) has gained major interest from industry and academia. But do we actually need it?

Do we need process modeling?

Process-oriented thinking helps you understand what you actually do in your organization and how the different activities relate. It reveals who depends on whom and what document is created where and why.

Process models help you eliminate waste in your operations and serves as map for pinpointing where you want to change. Process models help you communicate and assign responsibilities for decisions and activities to people.

Process models also help you think about where IT support is useful and where it isn’t.

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