Tuesday, April 11, 2006

P-TRIZ in History

The history of BPM is long and rich. It began in the 1920s and was dominated by Frederick Taylor’s theories of management science, empowered by Carl Barth’s machining slide rule technology. In a second wave, industrial processes were manually reengineered and, through a one-time activity, cast in concrete in the bowels of today’s packaged enterprise applications technology. In a third wave of BPM, executable digitized processes are now freed from their castings as engrained software to re-emerge as a flexible new form of process data. An era of process manufacturing has been ushered in. With these new capabilities at hand, attention is turning once again towards process innovation.

Each era of BPM has added new capabilities to the last. For example, BPM systems enable process architects to readily deploy creative new process designs, side-steppingsidestepping time and resource intensive implementation projects of the past that so denuded and distorted reengineering of its creative potential. Now, P-TRIZ is an emerging method that builds on the shoulders of those giants.

P-TRIZ is the application of modern TRIZ towards business process improvement, innovation, and transformation. Coupled to BPM methods, it provides the engineering discipline that amplifies the creativity of those who seek to re-design processes.

P-TRIZ can be considered an application of modern TRIZ. P-TRIZ will add to the body of worldwide TRIZ knowledge, including:

* Specific vocabularies for a consistent modeling of processes using TRIZ
* TRIZ solution patterns that apply specifically to processes
* Bindings between TRIZ modeling constructs and accepted process modeling in languages and notations
* Evolutionary trends observed as processes tend towards Ideality
* Workshop and project practices that facilitate the practical and efficient use of TRIZ in a “commerce time” reengineering context
* A small number of extensions to the standard modern TRIZ notation. The objective is to enrich TRIZ formulation in support of Business Process and Enterprise Architecture Innovation
* Unexpected or unusual process designs may be generated by P-TRIZ

You can download a PDF about P-TRIZ and its position in the field of BPM, which explains how it binds to existing intellectual property, including process models.

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