2019 Process Management Improvements Start With Better Data, Change, and Culture

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It’s the time of year again where we take stock of the trends and challenges impacting process and performance professionals in 2019. In other words what trends and topics are important to you? And even more importantly, what’s impeding the effectiveness of your work?

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Capturing Knowledge Leads to Improved Processes

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Whenever I meet a person for the first time, invariable, the “what do you do for work” question comes up.  I have tried over the years to succinctly describe what we do at APQC, and what role(s) I play.  However, sometimes my description doesn’t always excite them, so the follow up question, (as they try to figure out how to change the subject to something they can contribute) is, “what is your favorite part about your job?”  Now, that o

Assess BPM Past To Create Better Process Management Future

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Many of you may have heard me say, "you have to know where you have been, to know where you are going." Not only does this give you the foundation to know what you need to plan for, but frankly, it's also always good policy to acknowledge the past before moving on.

So that's what I wanted to share with you all today. As we prepare for a new year filled with exciting research, I wanted to take some time to share-in my opinion-our best research from 2018. 

4 Reasons Not to Fear Robotic Process Automation

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Robotic process automation (RPA) has quickly become inevitable. In March of 2018, APQC interviewed Tilak Banerjee, a director at Dell-EMC, on RPA: “When we started in 2015, RPA was more or less a new concept in the shared services industry,” said Banerjee.

People Engagement and Digital Savvy to Deliver Value in Your Process Management

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In October, process and performance management professionals from around the globe came together in Houston for APQC’s Annual Process and Performance Management Conference. This year’s event—titled Evolving for the Digital Age—was a recognition of the shifts in leaderships’ expectations and business environments are transforming process management’s role.

How To Overcome and Sustain a Process Framework

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I recently spoke with Evelyn Brisibe, senior performance excellence advisor at AltaLink to discuss change management and its ability to help organizations introduce, implement, and sustain a process management framework and mindset.

How do you define a process management mindset?

KM Fills a Gap in AI Projects

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I, along with my colleague Lauren Trees, recently interviewed 21 organizations applying artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic process automation (RPA) internally and found that the organizations that had made the most progress, had the most experimentation, and were having the most successful AI pilots were creating alliances across the organization to do it.  APQC metrics research offers further support that close alliances are key to successful and sustainable KM programs. 

Future Proofing Your KM Program

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There is an AI/automation arms race underway between the big players—IBM, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft, and Facebook – and knowledge management is the beneficiary.  Turns out, KM tasks such as content management, tagging, search, and expertise location are good targets for AI and might really augment the KM team.

Scaling Agile Ain’t Easy, But It’s Necessary For Better Project Management

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Chances are, you’re already familiar with the basic concept of Agile project management: a small team works in time-boxed sprints, frequently demoing features and integrating customer feedback, to iteratively deliver a customer-centric end result. Since its origins in software development nearly two decades ago, Agile has been embraced by companies big and small in a wide range of industries and applications. To its adherents, Agile is much more than a methodology: it’s a guiding set of principles and values.

Digitalization is a Team Sport

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Organizations are funneling vast amounts of time and money into digitalization. And while there’s a lot of advice about which tech to buy and business areas to invest in, the people side of digitalization is also important. Without a people-focused strategy, digitalization can amplify organizational silos and breed discontent in the workforce. I talked with Dr. Carla O’Dell to learn how organizations can take a smarter approach to digitalization.