ACMKitRelease: 8.2016
Authors:  Jürgen Kress, Danilo Schmiedel, Ricardo Puttini

As part of the book Best Practices for Knowledge Workers (digital edition) we published an Adaptive Case Management Methodology. The proposed ACM Methodology is based on the five phases, which covers typical software engineering disciplines: Business Modeling, Visualization, Analysis, Design and Implementation. New software artifact models for ACM user interfaces (ACM Workspace) and ACM solution analysis and design (ACM Canvas) are also among the contributions of this work. ACM design leverages the recently established Case Management Modeling Notation (CMMN v1.1). Templates of software artifacts, developed for each methodology phase, are also presented. These support a guided outcome and ensure projects progress and success.

The methodology was developed over the past two years from work and analysis of actual ACM projects in different industries. In this dissertation, a Case Study is completely described and implemented, as a proof-of-concept for the proposed methodology.


Templates and Resources (working versions) for ACM projects:

Best practices for knowlege workers book coverRelease: 7.2016
Authors: Keith Swenson, Jürgen Kress, Danilo Schmiedel, Ricardo Puttini

ACM Methodology: Best practices to design and implement solutions for knowledge workers
BPM-based solutions have brought major advances to work organization and automation. However, given BPM’s strong basis on formal workflow definition, oftentimes BPM solutions are not well suited for work scenarios where a precise workflow cannot be strictly defined. Work in such scenarios is highly dependent on knowledge-based decisions about activities and outcomes, leading to multiple work paths and business rules that can become quite complex or even unfeasible to model and completely automate. In these cases, a different technology support approach is required. The focus is not to isolate and automate decisions and rules, but rather to deliver opportunistic information support to the knowledge worker to accomplish them. Adaptive Case Management (ACM) rises as a successful design pattern for this.

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bpm-cm-logo-thumb16Release: 05.2016

We're proud to announce the opening of the Adaptive Case Management Global Excellence Awards and Summit 2016! THE BPM AND CASE MANAGEMENT GLOBAL SUMMIT FEATURES A UNIQUE EVENT FORMAT that delivers expert guidance from the industry's most trusted and respected thought leaders, combined with live capability demonstrations of actual solutions from an invite-only set of leading BPM vendors. NOW IN ITS 3RD YEAR THE BPM AND CASE MANAGEMENT GLOBAL SUMMIT IS THE ONLY EVENT OF its kind, designed by a team of leading analysts to ensure program success and effective decision making for BPM and Case Management initiatives. Visit to find out more.

ACMBookLeonRelease: 10.2015
Authors: Léon Smiers, Manas Deb, Joop Koster, Prasen Palvankar

Organizations increasingly need to deal with unstructured processes that traditional business process management (BPM) suites are not designed to deal with. High-risk, yet high-value, loan origination or credit approvals, police investigations, and healthcare patient treatment are just a few examples of areas where a level of uncertainty makes outcome and execution of work flow non-deterministic.

Case management is a way to govern and control these unstructured processes and non-deterministic outcomes. Oracle recently completed its BPM technology stack with broad case management functionality and is now able to deliver case management capabilities in a variety of flavors that combine packaged applications and middleware technology.

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ACMAwards2015Release: 01.2015

We're proud to announce the opening of the Adaptive Case Management Global Excellence Awards 2015!
The ACM Awards are the ideal way to be recognized by the industry, to publicly acknowledge and recognize the efforts of your team and to inject passion in to your case management excellence.

Adaptive Case Management (ACM) and Production Case Management (PCM) are new technological approaches to supporting knowledge workers in today's leading edge organizations. The practice of ACM is rapidly growing. To help people learn and adopt this approach, the Workflow Management Coalition has instituted the ACM Global Excellence Awards to gather and recognize some of the best examples. Do you have an interesting Use Case? Start by simply submitting an abstract for the opportunity to win an award and publication in a new book on ACM to be published in the Fall. Previous years’ winners have been published in there two books: Taming the Unpredictable and How Knowledge Workers Get Things Done.

Abstracts are due on Feb 18 2015, and completed submission is due in April. You still have time to get global recognition for the work you have been doing. Finalists and winners are selected by a panel of 16 volunteer judges drawn from experts in this field, headed by an Advisory Panel comprising Tom Koulopoulos, Delphi Group, Hugh McKellar, KMWorld and Connie Moore, Forrester Research. Visit to find out more.

Thriving on Adaptability FrontCover150x250Release: 1.2015
Authors: Keith Swenson, Layna Fischer, Jürgen Kress, Hajo Normann, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg

Adaptive Case Management is ultimately about allowing knowledge workers to work the way that they want to work and to provide them with the tools and information they need to do so effectively.

After seven months of traveling Curiosity lands on Mars. The engineers in NASA mission control are excited to start scientific research. These scientists have a special challenge; the Mars rover is so far away and the signal takes so long, that they need to rely on automation in order to maintain control in the wildest  scenarios. There are many decisions that must be made on a daily, and even on a minute-to-minute basis. Involving the scientist in every possible decision, given the round trip time to consult and answer, would slow the research to – literally – a crawl.

The scientists who operate the rover are knowledge workers. Just like knowledge workers in a business setting, they must figure out how to accomplish goals, as they uncover new information that affects their goals. The automation that they use built into Curiosity is very much like the business processes that businesses use to achieve their goals: the process works fine as long as the situation matches what was expected. But what happens to a business process when confronted with something unexpected? This chapter takes us on an exploration of how to adapt to the unexpected--including a Little Green Man--using the Mars Curiosity as an entertaining, but highly enlightening example. 

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acmposterRelease: 4.2014
Authors: Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmiedel, Guido Schmutz, Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig und Torsten Winterberg

Knowledge-driven processes are typically unpredictable in their execution. Experts working on them decide what’s the next best action to take. This is in contrast to traditional BPM, in which all possible paths of a process are predetermined and modeled into the process. Case management is a way to control and implement these unstructured processes. With the poster below we'd like to bring some of the key aspects of Adaptive Case Management (ACM) on one page.  Feel free to download the PDF-version

Release: Jaxenter 07.05.2014 & Business Technology Magazin März 2014
Authors: Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmiedel, Guido Schmutz, Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig und Torsten Winterberg 

Effizienzsteigerung durch Prozessautomatisierung: ein Anspruch, der sich durch die Geschichte zieht – durch Henry Ford geprägt und eindrucksvoll in der industriellen Fertigung schon umgesetzt – goldrichtig für den „Production Worker“. Heute aber schreien die Menschen vor ihren Bildschirmen auf, wenn sie durch ein zu starres Prozesskorsett in immer gleiche Aufgabenlisten und Maskenflüsse gezwungen werden, die innovatives und situationsadäquates Handeln erschweren oder gar ganz verhindern.

Effizienzsteigerung wird nicht mehr durch die simple Automatisierung von Routinetätigkeiten erreicht (dies ist schon in heutiger Standard-ERP-Software abgebildet). Es geht darum, den heutigen Wissensarbeitern oder „Knowledge Workern“ einen optimalen Arbeitsplatz zur Verfügung zu stellen, um bestmögliche Entscheidungen für das Unternehmen treffen zu können. Dazu muss in Business-Process-Management-(BPM-)Initiativen der Mensch wieder in den Vordergrund treten: als am Prozess Beteiligter, der nicht vollständig über Prozessmodelle gesteuert wird, sondern aktiv und unmittelbar zur Verbesserung beiträgt.

daniloacmRelease: 4.2013
Author: Danilo Schmiedel


You introduced BPM in your company? All of your process automations are a huge success? Stop reading - this might be the wrong article for you. Your processes are unpredictable; complex; they keep on changing and they are difficult to model? The users of your software complain that they cannot make proper business decisions because they are forced to certain process steps? Your processes rely on worker knowledge and involve human participants? Good – with Oracle BPM Suite and its new case management functionalities we are now ready to address those requirements.  Read the paper here

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