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Design by Doing vs. Doing by Design

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Jim Sinur wrote a couple of interesting blog posts recently mentioning two distinct approaches for supporting work processes:

  • Doing by Design is the pre-planned definition of a predictable, routine process as traditional BPM suggests.  It involves a life-cycle that starts with process discovery, process definition, application development, simulation, testing, and ultimately deploying it.  This works if the process is predictable.
  • Design by Doing is an approach that works when the process is not predictable, and can not be written down ahead of time.  Since you can not predict it, you have to elaborate it as you go along.  You design it, as you are doing it.  There is no development life-cycle.  This works on unpredictable emergent process.

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