Down Under: Business Agility Requires Business Processes as its Basis

Down Under: Business Agility Requires Business Processes as its Basis.
Confronted by the need for continuous change, many organizations are looking closely at options to increase their agility. In this environment, IT has suggested that an organization can have agility if it adopts an Agile IT development methodology. IT’s argument goes something like this, “It is better to be a business analyst than a process analyst, as we first determine what the business needs, then build a system, and then do the business processes.” John Jeston and Johan Nelis could not disagree more. Read their rebuttal in this month’s Column.

John Jeston

John Jeston

John has serious experience getting things done—the right way. For over 30 years he has covered Business Process Management (BPM), business process re-engineering, project management, systems development, outsourcing, and general management. He has held the positions of Financial Controller, Divisional Manager, Company Director, HR Director and Chief Information Officer. John is internationally recognised as a key opinion leader in BPM strategy and implementation. He has provided these services to significant organisations throughout Australia, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, the United Kingdom, U.S.A., Singapore, Mexico and Brazil. He has authored a number of books and more than 20 articles on BPM and high performance management. He is a regular speaker at conferences and a Master Project Director, with the Australian Institute of Project Management and is a Chartered Accountant. John has authored or co-authored: Business Process Management: Practical Guidelines to Successful Implementations (2006 and 2008) Management by Process: A Roadmap to Sustainable Business Process Management (2008)—the only book to provide a roadmap to sustainable BPM and High Performance Management Beyond Business Process Improvement, On To Business Transformation (2009) He also writes a regular column in the international BP Trends Monthly Update. He can be reached at johnjeston@managementbyprocess.com.
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