BPM cluster meeting (June 8, 2018): Presentation by “Kostas Traganos”

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BPM cluster meeting (June 8, 2018): Presentation by “Kostas Traganos”

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Speaker: Kostas Traganos
Abstract: HORSE project is developing a methodological and technical framework for easy adaptation of robotic solutions towards SMEs to embrace the Industry 4.0 revolution to remain globally competitive. The skeleton of the framework consists of the Manufacturing Process Management System (MPMS) used to describe and control manufacturing processes, the middleware providing standardized means of communication between components, and the Hybrid Task Supervisor coordinating human operators and robots on the workcell level. MPMS is built on traditional BPM concepts (process modelling, process execution, agent allocation, task delivery, etc.) and tools. Camunda BPM is used, as a robust, open-source solution to realize MPMS. In the presentation, I will discuss how MPMS fits in HORSE architecture and how we have implemented with Camunda executable manufacturing processes of the three pilot cases of the project.

BPM cluster meeting (April 13, 2018): Presentation by “Jan Claes”

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BPM cluster meeting (April 13, 2018): Presentation by “Jan Claes”

Dear All,
I am pleased to invite you to our next BPM Cluster Meeting that will take place on Friday, April 13, 2018 — 12:30 – 13:30 (Paviljoen K.10)
Please find below the information about the talk.
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Speaker: Jan Claes
Title: From differentiated process modeling towards differentiated problem solving. An overview of my previous work and future plans 
Abstract: During and after my PhD, which was a joint PhD with the IS group at TU/e, I worked on a stepwise systematic development of a differentiated process modeling method.
It started with a descriptive theory based on observations and insights, which were derived from a visualisation that we developed for the data we collected. Then, the theory was extended to an explanatory theory. Via a last transformation towards a prescriptive theory, the method was developed and evaluated. This method (1) determines your cognitive profile, (2) derives a matching modeling approach, and (3) helps you to train and apply the modeling approach. The method was especially beneficial to increase the efficiency of modeling, but the improvement of effectiveness was marginal. We are currently investigating the hypothesis that, given that there was no time limit in our experiments, there may be a trade of between effectiveness and efficiency (some modelers invest time and effort to correct mistakes).
Since parts of my early work were already presented to the group, they will only briefly be discussed in the presentation.
Now, I plan to generalise my findings towards cognitive psychology (and more in particular differentiated problem solving).
This domain studies learning and problem solving approaches. Differentiation appears to be mainly studied in the learning subdiscipline, with implications for problem solving. However, whereas for learning it is argued that an alignment of methods to the learner is not always optimal (challenge stimulates learning and the goal of learning is long-term-oriented), for problem solving there appears to be no objection to do this (focus is on short term effectiveness and efficiency). Therefore, I would like to study if a differentiation that is similar to my process-modeling research is generic for problem solving. Note however, that I limit the scope to ‘design problems’ where there is a ‘notion of flow’ (e.g., programming, writing, composing).
I will discuss my submissions for FWO postdoc (FWO = “the NWO from Flanders”) and ERC starting grant and invite you to give some critical feedback on these plans.

BPM cluster meeting (March 9, 2018): Presentation by “Carianne Pretorius”

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BPM cluster meeting (March 9, 2018): Presentation by “Carianne Pretorius”

Dear All,
I am pleased to invite you to our next BPM Cluster Meeting that will take place on Friday, March 9, 2018 — 12:30 – 13:30 (Paviljoen K.10)
Please find below the information about the talk.
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Speaker: Carianne Pretorius
Abstract: Software design is becoming an increasingly complex endeavor in the software development process. Traditionally, rational approaches to software design have been applied in an attempt to mitigate this complexity. However, research from fields such as cognitive psychology, organizational strategy, and new product development shows that intuition can also be useful in design decision making. However, we do not have a comprehensive overview of what has been investigated in the software engineering literature regarding the use of intuition and rationality, or the potential effects their use has on the software design process overall. To address this research gap, we performed a systematic literature review and developed a conceptual model based on the findings. This model demonstrates the effects of using intuition and rationality on software design decision making, as well as how their use can be induced and influenced.

BPM cluster meeting (Feb 9, 2018): Discussion of the Month

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BPM cluster meeting (Feb 9, 2018): Discussion of the Month

Dear All,
I am pleased to invite you to our next BPM Cluster Meeting that will take place on Friday, Feb 09, 2018 — 12:30 – 13:30 (Paviljoen K.10)

This month, we will have discussions steered by two articles on two different BPM-related topics:

– The ongoing debate about the future of BPM:

Repositioning Business Process Management

– … and a recent hype in the IS/BPM field with a cool name (that I started to hear more often): Robotic Process Automation
[Spoiler alert: It is unfort not about Terminator, Transformers, R2-D2, or other robots as we know them]:

A Strategic Look at Robotic Process Automation

Best regards,
Oktay

BPM cluster meeting (Jan 12, 2018): Presentation by “Remco Dijkman”

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BPM cluster meeting (Jan 12, 2018): Presentation by “Remco Dijkman”

Dear All,
I am pleased to invite you to our next BPM Cluster Meeting that will take place on Friday, Jan 12, 2018 — 12:30 – 13:30 (Paviljoen K.10)
Please find below the information about the talk.
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Speaker: Remco Dijkman
Title: “Queueing models” for quantitative process analysis

BPM cluster meeting (Dec 8, 2017): Presentation by “Sander Peters”

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BPM cluster meeting (Dec 8, 2017): Presentation by “Sander Peters”

Dear All,
I am pleased to invite you to our next BPM Cluster Meeting that will take place on Friday, Oct 13, 2017 — 12:30 – 13:30 (Paviljoen K.10)
Please find below the information about the talk.
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Speaker: Sander Peters
Title: Advanced Simulation of Resources Constructs in Business Process Models
Abstract: Analytical prediction of the performance of increasingly complex process models is a problem in business process engineering practice. Therefore, simulation is often used as a tool to assess the performance of these processes. However, current business process simulation engines do not support the use of advanced resource constructs. Using only basic resource constructs leads to performance metrics which deviate significantly from the real process performance. Therefore, a clear need arises for a new simulation engine which incorporates these advanced resource constructs. Addressing this need we present such a simulation engine and underlying conceptual model in this paper. The model and engine are evaluated in a simulation experiment that highlights utilization rates under different conditions. This experiment shows that the advanced resource constructs outperform the basic resource constructs in predicting the performance of real world processes. This prototype is the first step into accurate simulation of complex real world processes.

BPM cluster meeting (Nov 10, 2017): An experiment and presentation by “Banu Aysolmaz”

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BPM cluster meeting (10 Nov 2017): An experiment and presentation by “Banu Aysolmaz”

Dear All,
I am pleased to invite you to our next BPM Cluster Meeting that will take place on Friday, Nov 10, 2017 — 12:30 – 13:30 (Paviljoen K.10)
Please find below the information about the meeting.
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Speaker: Banu Aysolmaz
Title: Business process model visualisation and understandability in 3D virtual environments 
In this BPM Cluster meeting, we will participate in an experiment about business process model visualisation.  We will have a chance to experiment with process models visualised in 3D virtual environment.

In the last 15-20 mins of the meeting, Banu Aysolmaz (Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics, Asst. Prof. of Information Management) will be with us to talk about the main research objective and early findings from their experiments.

BPM cluster meeting (13 Oct 2017): Presentation by “Jonnro Erasmus”

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BPM cluster meeting (13 Oct 2017): Presentation by “Jonnro Erasmus”

Dear All,
I am pleased to invite you to our next BPM Cluster Meeting that will take place on Friday, Oct 13, 2017 — 12:30 – 13:30 (Paviljoen K.10)
Please find below the information about the talk.
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Speaker: Jonnro Erasmus
Title: Manufacturing operations as a set of business process patterns, Vol.2
Abstract: In July Jonnro questioned the suitability of business process modelling to represent manufacturing operations. The objective was to translate manufacturing operations into a set of business process patterns. This next presentation will focus on the results of that exercise. Jonnro will show the process patterns (in BPMN2.02) and how they are combined to create manufacturing operations processes. To evaluate the suitability, the patterns are also used to model the processes of three factories. Finally, Jonnro will discuss four potential extensions to BPMN and how it will enhance the suitability for manufacturing operations.

BPM cluster meeting (8 Sep 2017): Presentation by “Irene Vanderfeesten”

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BPM cluster meeting (8 Sep 2017): Presentation by “Irene Vanderfeesten”

Dear All,
I am pleased to invite you to our next BPM Cluster Meeting that will take place on Friday, Sep 8, 2017 — 12:30 – 13:30 (Paviljoen K.10)
Please find below the information about the talk.
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Speaker: Irene Vanderfeesten
Title: BPM Issues and Cognitive Biases: Towards a Solution Space for BPM Issues based on Debiasing Techniques 
Abstract: In our previous work, we investigated how cognitive biases may lead to issues in the design phases of the business process management (BPM) lifecycle, such as the development of suboptimal process architectures and incomplete process models, the identification of irrelevant bottlenecks and weaknesses in a process, and the selection and implementation of confirmatory redesigns. In this talk, we will discuss about our recent work towards solving these issues through the use of debiasing techniques. Such techniques can be used to reduce or avoid the cognitive biases that potentially lead to BPM issues.

BPM cluster meeting (14 July 2017): Presentation by “Jonnro Erasmus”

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BPM cluster meeting (14 July 2017): Presentation by “Jonnro Erasmus”

Dear All,
I am pleased to invite you to our next BPM Cluster Meeting that will take place on Friday, July 14, 2017 — 12:30 – 13:30 (Paviljoen K.10)
Please find below the information about the talk.
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Speaker: Jonnro Erasmus
Title: Manufacturing operations as a set of business process patterns
Abstract: Demand for mass customised products is reinforcing the need for a more dynamic manufacturing enterprise. Smart robotics provide more versatility and responsiveness on the factory floor, but the enterprise must become more dynamic as a whole. Business process management is widely adopted for manufacturing support functions, but it is strikingly absent from the core competences. Extending BPM to the manufacturing operations can improve end-to-end integration, enhancing responsiveness of the entire enterprise. However, it is unclear whether manufacturing operations can be managed as business processes. The uncertainty is addressed by translating a taxonomy of manufacturing operations into business process patterns. These patterns are then used to model the processes of three factories to determine whether the resulting models deliver the desired execution behaviour. The results support the use of BPM in manufacturing operations, with three potential notation extensions.