Howard Smith


  • Southbeach Modeller + AI = Superpowers!

    Have you considered using BPMN, UML or Southbeach diagrams as ‘prompts’ to multi-model LLMs such as ChatGPT4? Howard Smith explains the art of the possible using a ‘GPT’ trained using modelling concepts from Southbeach Notation.

  • Southbeach Notation: Its Semantics and Case Study

    This article, describes Southbeach Notation which is rooted in the principles of Triz. The article, written by Howard Smith, a frequent contributor to BPTrends, explains why Southbeach was developed and outlines the design goals for its specification and subsequent software implementation. A case study is included which illustrates how the use of Southbeach, in conjunction…

  • Software Robots for Process Automation: Fudge or a Strategic Solution?

    At the outset of this Article, Howard Smith asks if it’s possible to automate new Business Processes without IT. Read what Howard has to say about the potential for this technology and decide for yourself.

  • Thinking Processes, Capabilities and Services What’s in a Word?

    Howard Smith opens his Article with the statements, “Everything is process. Everything else is just the name of a specific process design.” Read Howard’s insightful Article in which he presents a convincing argument to support those statements.

  • The Elements of Southbeach Notation 0.9

    The Elements of Southbeach Notation 0.9 Green is ‘useful’, red is ‘harmful’. A dashed line is ‘insufficient’, a dotted line is ‘potentially’. These and many other visual idioms are defined by Southbeach Notation, a unique and visual approach to innovation, improvement, problem solving and other analytical tasks. This month, the authors of Southbeach, Howard Smith…

  • Red, Green and Blue – Situational Improvement Using Southbeach

    Red, Green and Blue – Situational Improvement Using Southbeach In this Article, Howard Smith explains how Southbeach Diagrams can provide a visual technique for problem solving and for change management that everyone involved can understand and act on without losing important details. Read his detailed road map for getting all stakeholders on the same page…

  • Southbeach, P-TRIZ, Now has Software Support

    Southbeach, P-TRIZ, Now has Software Support In the May, 2008 Howard Smith and his colleagues presented a comprehensive specification for a new visual diagramming and modelling notation: Southbeach Notation. Response to the announcement suggests that it appeals to both consultants and analysts. This Article announces the availability of the software, Southbeach Modeller 0.8, which can…

  • Southbeach Notation: Improve Everything Always

    Southbeach Notation: Improve Everything Always In this Article well-respected thought leader, Howard Smith, with coauthors, Mark Burnett and Chrysogon Young, announce Southbeach 0.8, a new visual diagramming and modeling style. It fosters integrative thinking—situations where the problem needs to be viewed from multiple perspectives and there is a need to resolve contradictions among opposing ideas…

  • Look Back to Look Forward

    Look Back to Look Forward Where is BPM headed in 2008? Howard Smith offers his predictions on the subject. In this Article, he provides a compelling analysis and synopsis of the past two decades of BPM and takes us forward to the future where super users will control their own computing destinies.

  • Process Innovation: # 10 P-TRIZ There Are Solutions in Polarities

    Process Innovation: # 10 P-TRIZ There Are Solutions in Polarities This month Howard Smith examines Barry Johnson’s theory involving polarities, i.e. that there are some insolvable problems. Howard disagrees. Read his challenge to that theory and his solutions to Johnson’s unsolvable problems.