Unit 2 Assignment: Business Processes and StrategyProcess Alignment
About selecting your business process for use in the Assignments
Your book proposes a business process management (BPM) model that consists
of 10 phases. As you learn about each of these phases you will be applying the
concepts to a specific business process. You will select the process you will use in
You will prepare the foundation for your project by identifying a real-world
organization that would benefit from applying the business process management
(BPM) model in the workplace. You may select the organization where you
currently work OR where you previously worked. If possible you should strive to
choose an organization and process that you have knowledge about. If you select
an organization that you do not have direct contact with be sure you can gather
sufficient information (via the library the Internet or by interview) about the
organization and its operations.
It is important to select a process that will provide a good basis for applying the
various phases that you will be learning. As you learn further topics and complete
subsequent Assignments you will use this process to answer questions such as:
What are the strategies/goals of your company and how does your selected
process support/fit them?
Who are the stakeholders in the process what are their expectations and
what are the goals of the process?
What are some specific metrics for measuring the performance of your
process now and later? What are some quick wins for your project?
What are the risks for your project ways to mitigate them and the best
leader type for this project?
What is the best implementation strategy for your process pilots and
contingency plans for your project?
In order to be able to answer these questions you will need to select a business
process that has strategic significance in the organization involves multiple people
and has sufficient complexity to require measurement and planning. If you pick a
process that is too limited not strategic or too vague you will not be able to
analyze these elements later on.
To gain a better understanding of what is coming up carefully read the 2-1/2 page
summary of the 10 phases that starts on p. 106. This will give you an idea of what
type of questions you will be asking about the process you select.
Instructions for Assignment 1
Kaplan University School of Business
Unit 2 Assignment
For this Assignment write a paper that includes the following components (use the
Part 1: Information About the Organization You Selected
Identify and provide details regarding the organization for which you will be
presenting information about the BPM model.
Basic information: Company name location size and primary business area
(What does the business do?). Also describe what connection you have to the
organization if any. If not explain how you will gather information about their
Implementation strategy: (Use the model by Treacy and Wiersma in Chapter 13
and identify which one of the three strategic options fits the companys approach
the best; explain how and why).
Part 2: Information About the Process you Selected
Describe the specific business process that you have selected to analyze in your
Assignments. Clearly state:
1. The objective of the process.
2. The scope: Where the process begins and ends.
3. A brief description of those involved.
Explain each item:
Significance: Does this process have some strategic significance or a
significant impact on the operations of the organization? Would company
executives care about changes to the process? Explain your answers.
Scope: Does this process have various stakeholders in addition to multiple
people involved in its execution? List both the stakeholders and the various
people involved in carrying out the process.
Clarity: Is it possible to identify and list the steps in this process from
beginning to end? Briefly list at least five steps including who executes
Outcomes: Are there specific goals and deliverables associated with this
process that can be listed and measured? Describe at least two.
In order to ensure the process you select is rich enough to support this project
your answer to the items in the preceding checklist must be yes. If you find that
you cannot answer the questions above you will need to pick another process.
Otherwise you will have difficulty with subsequent Assignments.
Part 3: Strategic Justification
1. Why should the company undertake a BPM project on this process? (What
Kaplan University School of Business
MT 400 Unit 2 Assignment
are some triggers based on Table 4.1?)
2. How can this business or organization benefit from a BPM effort?
Part 4: Alignment of the Process to the Company Strategy
Based on the concepts in Chapter 13 assess the following elements:
1. How well does the process you selected support strategic choice (based on
#13 above)? Your analysis should be specific to the selected business
process and not a general discussion of the business.
2. Where in Table 13.6 would this process fall with respect to the BPM activity
and approach? Explain.
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