Emiel Kelly in his post “Customers don’t care about BPM cycles” provides insights into how the age old BPM cycle has evolved over the years. Almost everyone in the BPM industry is familiar with the following cycle, this is usually the first thing we learn and then teach.


Source: Emiel Kelly

Following cycle shows the more mature and evolved cycle of BPM. Interesting points to note:

  • Having both Design and Model steps in the cycle has always been confusing, so this definitely removes that confusion.
  • Execute step is more defined now and gives an idea about what really happens.
  • Removing Optimize makes sense because that is the whole goal of the cycle and is not just an activity.
  • Of course adding the swim lanes clarifies who does what.


Source: Emiel Kelly