Reflections on the relationship between BPR and software process modelling

  • Brian Warboys
Invited Talk
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 881)


Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) is much in vogue both as an approach to the rationalisation of Corporate Organisations and as an aid to the design of the IT system which supports the Organisation.

The field of Software Process Modelling (SPM) started some 10 years ago with the objective of modelling and thence supporting the total set of software engineering activities necessary to develop and maintain software products.

They both arose as a result of dissatisfaction with the current approaches to their respective domains. They share the word process but is there any other connection between them? This paper attempts to outline some possible synergies and pitfalls which might derive from a closer contact between the two disciplines.


Software Process Modelling Business Process Re-engineering 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Warboys
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  1. 1.Informatics Process Group (IPG), Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of ManchesterUK

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