Life Process Improvement

Yet another interesting week passed – and a new one has just started. As always, a week full of processes, questions and observations..

Last Monday I visited the SOAMED PhD school (PhD School for Service-oriented Architectures for the Integration of Software-basd Processes exemplified by Health Care Systems and Medical Technology) at the technical university of Berlin (TU Berlin).

I was kindly invited by Uwe Nestmann to talk about my work on flexible and adaptable business process modelling with applications to healthcare workflows – and it was great to have a day with hours of uninterrupted discussion with Uwe and his smart PhD students – presenting my own work and getting inspiration from their related work.

The fact that one can reach Berlin by a cheap one hour flight, landing in the middle of the very pleasant city, and after less than 15 minutes bus-drive from the airport find colleagues and an audience of 10-15 PhD students definitely makes it clear that this possibility should be exploited more often. An obvious candidate for a life process improvement.

It also make one think about the new airport being constructed in Berlin, which no one at TU Berlin seems to be  looking forward to, since it will make the commute much longer to and from the airport. It will hopefully improve a lot of workflows at the airport, but not the work and “life processes” of the people in Berlin and their visitors, who will need much more time to commute.

Having safely returned home, only slightly delayed by the snow, I made a decision for another life process improvement – namely to delete my account at FaceBook. I am sure I somehow will miss the updates from many dear friends around the world. But, I found my self checking FaceBook too often and engaging in stupid discussions, and then I became increasingly worried about the privacy policy changes and the fact that a private company earns money on selling my updates to advertisers.  I may give up and return – but so far I must say that it also feels like a candidate for life process improvement. At least I found my self, instead of checking FaceBook, picking up a great book that I left before christmas and starting to read it again.

And today, during my lecture on process modelling, I got a somewhat surprising, spontaneous applause from the students, when I mentioned that I just quitted Facebook. It may of course be because they think it was because I moved on to something more trendy, or that it would give me time to write course notes. But I choose to believe, that some of them really agreed that my virtual suicide was a clever decision – and that life process improvements are even more important than (and likely lead to) business process improvements.