Is Six Sigma Taking Too Much of Your Time?

Process Development using Six Sigma is too slow for an organization to respond to changing conditions Six Sigma implementations have helped save many business’ time and money overall, but as the process ages its benefit is reduced. Beyond initial implementation, process development in Six Sigma frequently takes more time than it is worth. The average amount of time to see Six Sigma changes have an actual effect on your organization is at least 4 months, according to Dushyant Thatte, and many have claimed higher lengths than that (Thatte agrees that the majority of the benefits don’t materialize until closer to... Read More »

Essential Skills for Business Process Management Success

One of the most effective ways for managing your business is by managing its processes. This is where business process management (BPM) can help. Through a mix of methods, policies, practices and tools, your organization’s activities and procedures will grow optimized and capable of achieving the goals set by upper management. However, to ensure the success of your efforts, your business process directors and senior IT managers should possess a set of crucial skills aside from obvious ones such as process modeling. Gartner’s 15 Skills Critical to Success with BPM Gartner, the world’s top IT research and advisory company, published... Read More »

Developing Responsive Business Architecture

Building and developing robust architecture to deliver responsiveness and agility Contrary to popular belief, effective and successful business architecture isn’t the product of comprehensive or properly organized maps and diagrams. It’s the result of thoroughly understanding business needs, following a path to discovery, and working to achieve a positive outcome. One of today’s needs is keeping up with the ever-changing business environment. Therefore, your business architecture needs to provide you with agile tools, techniques and information that allow you to make informed, profitable decisions. This is where responsive business architecture comes in the picture. Characteristics of Responsive Business Architecture This... Read More »

Can BPM and Agile Work Together?

The marriage of BPM with Agile has not been a match made in heaven, but rather in the dark murk of the negotiation room for an arranged marriage between two rich kids. Since the early Noughties when Agile was initially paired with BPM, it has shown some sparkling successes, and certainly the word “Agile” has been splashed around plenty. Agile Marketing, Production, Manufacturing, Teams, Working Practices…. Agile, Agile, AGILE…. You get the idea. But Agile got its start in the Agile Manifesto, and here it is singularly attributable to software development: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software... Read More »