Compass Business Club soft launch…. for those in the know

We are very near to the BIG day. Go get a sneak preview and review the goodies, articles, videos, forums, FREE training & exclusive thought leadership from these global Guru’s.

Excited isn’t the word.

  • I’m basically a big kid, there’s a part of me that has never grown up. I love to have fun and make people laugh.
  • Steve Towers is a world-renowned thought-leader who has helped hundreds of companies revitalize their management approaches.
  • Seasoned, innovative enterprise business architect who believes the success of an architecture should be measured by the business value it delivers, rather than the models or diagrams it produces.
  • My goal is to enable organizations to transform to the digital age. This requires that organizations be successful at creating processes built for change..
  • Senior leadership expert, demonstrable experience inspiring teams to embrace strategies that aid growth, improve customer relationships and produce high performance benchmarks.
  • Steven Bonacorsi, President at the International Standard for Lean Six Sigma (ISLSS)
    Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma Methodology.
  • A proven leader in formulating and delivering solid solutions for the most pressing business challenges organizations face in creating and delivering value to customers and shareholders. Senior Executive consulting services delivering extraordinary outcomes in all client engagements.
  • I am an action biased leader with an ability to execute change at multiple levels of an organization. My experiences range from strategic to operational level in financial, manufacturing and services industries. I enjoy my profession and find problem solving exciting. Below are some of my professional certifications:
  • Twenty five years working in the Technology Services, Consulting, Supply Chain, and Utility industries in South Africa, Europe the USA and Asia comprising:
  • Lawrence D. (Larry) Duckworth is a former Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Board(s) member, Growth and Liquidity Adviser, Financing Adviser, Boards member, and Adjunct Professor.
  • Proven track record of leading and consulting on many complex projects with diverse teams across different departments and companies. Developed and currently lead an extensive Lean Six Sigma training and mentoring program used across the Sprint enterprise.
  • Pradeep Henry is driven to turn software projects into strategic initiatives. To make this change happen, he brings a strategy-driven Discovery-and-Design method. Previously, as innovator, de facto innovation & change leader, and practice director, Henry played a proven role in the competitive differentiation and storied fast growth of Dun & Bradstreet spinoff Cognizant Technology Solutions.
  • Founder of i-nexus, the leader in cloud-based software for strategy execution. Respected thought leader, adviser and co-architect of the Strategy Execution 2.0 “Business System” that is rapidly becoming the de facto blueprint for how large organizations successfully deploy and execute their strategic objectives.

It is here now.

Organisational Behavioral Aspects of BPM Implementation.

In 2008 Pieter Jongstra (Enterprise Architect) shared some of the secrets of SNS Bank Organisational Behavioral Aspects of BPM Implementation.  Great insight to help with the whole issue of BPM and change management. SNS is no different from any other large organisation coping with the 21st century – for instance this is the Business Operating Model.

 You can download the presentation from this link.
In a few weeks time the BP Group will be twenty years old. As part of the celebration we are publishing an article a day – all are evergreen and provide an insight as valuable today as when they were originally published. As we move towards September 19th we will bring the story up to date with a preview of the upcoming book – The High Performance Organisation (Samir Asaf & Steve Towers).

John Zachman at Architect World 2012

Great conference, fantastic people. 27 Countries recieved 25 Awards in the Architect Worlds 7th Annual Conference in Bangalore.

iCMG hosted the event which has become a truly international festival of achievement.
You can review the full proceedings at

Here’s a few snaps of yours truly 😉

John Zachman is an inspriation to all

 John Zachman receives his Hall of Fame Award
And honestly it was THIS BIG!!

The Future of Business Process Part 2: Outside-In, Lean Six Sigma, BPM and all that….

“Not everything old is bad and antiquated and not everything new is shiny and good. The real secret to success is to combine the best of both.”
Rene Carayol (left),  Senior Executive & Former Board Member for Pepsi, Marks & Spencer, IPC Media & The Inland Revenue

The world’s leading companies have come to realize that only when their customers are successful, will they be successful. In pursuit of their market leadership not only they need to spend time to look inside their business to know how things are getting done but also look outward to get deep understanding of their customers.

Process has indeed come a long way from it humble routes amidst the early industrial revolution and Adam Smiths ‘Wealth of Nations’.

Although many in Western
economies are (still) in a state of denial, we are undergoing the greatest reorganization in the business world since the Industrial Revolution.

No matter what industry you are in, no matter how successful you are, it’s time to get ready for the world as it will be –a world where your customers have new choices
from a sea of suppliers from
across the globe.

Peter Fingar
  Author of Extreme Competition: Innovation and the Great 21st Century Business Reformation

One of the first people to describe process was Smith who in 1776 describes a new way for process in a Scottish pin factory. He outlines the production methods and created one of the first objective and measureable enterprise process designs. The consequence of ‘labour division’ in Smith’s example resulted in the same number of workers making 240 times as many pins as they had been before the introduction of his innovation.

Adam Smith participated in a revolution that transformed the planet. He lived at a time when the confluence of factors, political change, emergence of the New World, industrialization and a new optimism that the world could move from the shackles of the past.

In heralding a movement that developed into Scientific Management the foundation was laid that established a way of working that has survived and thrived for 200 years.

And yet now, more than ever, is a time to perhaps take a careful glance back to the past to guide the way for not only surviving the current economic turmoil but to also prepare us to thrive in the seismic shifts of the 21st century ‘new world’ order where the customer has become central to everything we do.

Leading global corporations are now evolving their tried and tested approaches into methods suited to the changed challenges of customer promiscuity, globalisation, IT innovation and the Prosumer. That is the essence of what we call Outside-In.

“The Customer Experience is the Process”
Outside-In can really be summarised in the statement that “the customer experience is the process”.  We can no longer just look within our organisation boundary to create a sustainable competitive advantage. We have to extend our scope and embrace a broader view of optimising process by understanding, managing and developing customer expectations and the associated experience. We need to articulate Successful Customer Outcomes and let those guide our product and service development as we move beyond the limiting scope of silo pyramidal based left to right thinking.

In 2006 BP Group Research identified the ‘Evolution of Approaches’ and how steps can be taken to grow Lean Six Sigma’s influence and success into a strategic Outside-In toolkit. In fact the last 4 years are seeing the fruition of these advances with Best in Class 2009 & 2010 Award winners PolyOne, a dyed in the wool Lean outfit, advancing their stock price six fold in 18 months on the back of radical and innovative changes across its customer experience.

Some see Outside-In as the death knell for approaches such as for old style BPM, BPR, TQM and Lean Six Sigma. This is not so. This narrow and simplistic view does not acknowledge the stepping stones available to embrace the new customer centric order. In fact the foundations of our futures are always laid on the learnings of the past with those innovators who recognise the need to evolve leading that charge.

Victory will go to the brave who seize the moment and push forward their approaches into the brave new world of Outside-In. The sector leaders have set a precedent – can you embrace the challenge?

All the Best, Steve

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If you wish to read and listen more on this theme the following references are useful.
Join the community discussing these issues, challenges and opportunities.

Community and social networking – Join the BP Group
Outside-In The Secret of the 21st Centuries leading companies

Interview Harvard Business Review with HBS
Professor Ranjay Gullati
Interview Wharton Business School with WBS Professor George Day
Interview Affecto University with Steve Towers
Interview by Megan James (IQPC)
Downloadable keynotes and slide shows
Professional – Certified Process Professional program
Don’t give customers what they think they want – Steve Towers
Evolution of Process Excellence Approaches – BP Group
Outside-In – Interview with Blog Radio’s Gienn Weiss
The Best Performing companies Millward Optimoor

Links to Enterprise BPM and Process Transformation resources

Where do you go for uptodate and relevant resources for Enterprise BPM and Outside-In?

Here’s a collection utilised by Certified Process Professionals with an acletic mix of tools, techniques, downloads, videos and links to key people in the world of process and customer transformation.

If you have an additional link do let us know.

1 BP Group website
2 BP Group on Linkedin
3 Coaching in Customer Expectation Management & BPM
4 Certified Process Professional web
5 Enterprise BPM Outside-In blog
6 BPGroup blog
7 BP Group slideshows
8 Twitter!/stowers
9 Videos on the theme of Enterprise BPM & Outside-In
10 Resources and people involved in BPM & Outside-In
11 BPM & Outside-In consultancy website
12 Outside-In. The Secret of the 21st century successful companies

Everything is Process

There is only this. Everything is process. There isn’t anything that isn’t a process. All processes exist to contribute to the achievement of a Successful  Customer Outcome (SCO). 
If a process does not explicitly contribute to the achievement of the SCO, then it is potentially dumb stuff and should be eradicated.

Outside-In – The Secret keynote from Bangalore

Keynote address delivered in Bangalore at the 6th Annual Enterprise & IT Architecture conference hosted by iCMG. Updated and revised for the 5th edition of the book “Outside-In – The Secret”

Certified Process Professional® November-January – Six cities to Mastery

The global programme grows capabilities from Certified Process Practitioner® through to Certified Process Master® – review the series at

The convergence of BPM, Enterprise Architecture and Customer alignment

If you are new to this debate you might want to join EA Connections, chaired by Steve Melville who penned the following words….

Your value proposition sets expectations with potential customers. The more compelling your value proposition, the larger the pool of potentially interested customers and the fewer competitors that can match it. So, the goal is to create product and service offerings that set expectations that more customers find compelling and few competitors can match. In so doing, you have re-set the bar for customer expectations within your market and created the foundation for your organization’s success.

But here’s the catch… you have to deliver against those expectations. One failure and you begin to lose your customer’s trust. You lower their expectations with your actions, regardless of your lofty initial promises of value. And, with the explosion of social networking, blogs, 24 hour news channels, online reviews, etc., any failure to deliver against expectations, gets broadcast pretty quickly. Ask BP or Toyota what happens when you fail to meet customer expectations of safety.

So… to match the high expectations of your value proposition, the delivery processes of your organization need to consistently meet those expectations. And it is in the design and deployment of those delivery processes that the critical dependency on EA surfaces. For, in the 21st Century, such processes are heavily dependent on technology:

eCommerce and online support sites, mobile applications, ERP systems, RDBMS, SOA, SANs, etc. And not just some delivery processes, Outside-In companies recognize that the entire enterprise needs to be focused on delivering successful customer outcomes.

So the challenge becomes to align all of the process, application, information and technology resources across the entire enterprise to deliver successful customer outcomes in order to support higher and higher customer expectations. And alignment is the sweet spot of enterprise architecture. EA is the right fit because both its sweep (across the entireenterprise) and its scope (processes, information, application, and the technology that supports them) match the demands of the Operational Framework Layer of the Outside-In enterprise.

Come on down to the Linkedin discussions:
Join the BP Group | EA Connections | Outside-In Resources