New York City Transit partners with CEBPI to improve Asset Management

NYC Transit, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s arm responsible for operating subways and buses in New York City is partnering with researchers from CEBPI to study its processes in the area of asset management. The MTA’s assets range from rolling stock (subway cars and buses) to infrastructure components such as stations, tracks and signals. In partnership […]

BPMN Primitives for the Department of Defense

One of the features in BPMN 2.0 are four different subclasses of BPMN that reduce the number of modeling constructs to cater for different modeling purposes and levels of sophistication. One of these four classes is the analytic conformance class, modeled after the Department of Defense’s BPMN primitives. Robert Shapiro gave a presentation on the state […]

The Business Process Analytics Format

Business Process Analytics provides process participants and decision makers with insight about the efficiency and effectiveness of organizational processes. There are three reasons why we might want to measure different aspects of business processes: To evaluate what has happened in the past, to understand what is happening currently, or to build an understanding of what […]

Stevens/QUT study explains how organizations document their business processes

Study finds that business process modelers use just 20% of standard business process modeling notation HOBOKEN, N.J., June 8, 2008 — Researchers from Stevens Institute of Technology and Queensland University of Technology have published a study that explains how organizations document their business processes using a visual notation. The study found that although a standard […]

Who is at fault – the language or the speaker?

As researchers, Jan Recker and I find it challenging to strike a balance between our efforts to meet the academic standards required by the wider research community and the demands regarding accessibility, relevance, timeliness and appropriateness instilled by the wider practitioner communities. We were happy to find that our blogging about research results inspires the […]

How much BPMN do you need?

by Michael zur Muehlen ( and Jan Recker ( BPMN is the de facto standard for graphical process modeling. While there are other graphical languages to represent processes (EPCs, IDEF, Flowcharts, Petri Nets, among others), no other notation has seen such an uptake in such a short time as BPMN has. It is widely supported […]

Bigger is better? A look at the complexity of BPM standards

I am attending the BPM Think Tank in Burlingame this week, and there are many insightful presentations around emerging standards in the BPM space, such as BPDM, BPMM, BMM, BPMN 2.0 and OSRM. But one thing makes me wonder – with every revision, every iteration, the standard specifications grow in size. The new BPMM specification […]