Process Effect

A change in one process brings about a change in, or has an effect on, another “The sea suddenly rushes in with a surge and the deck chair goes toppling! The sandcastle, now standing along with the family long since departed for their midday meal, melts in the waves and is soon reduced to a…

Process Direction

Some processes move in a particular direction. “The grass verge is all blown land-wards. It must have bent in the same wind for a long time. Even bushes lean to- wards the ground. Here the northerly wind is well known. As I stare out to see I can see a line of ships on the…

Process Reflection

Some processes are reflected in others – through their behaviour – or appearance. “I pick up a round pebble. It is so soft and smooth, almost a perfect egg shape. How many years  of washing by the sea has created this smooth perfection ? “A young child runs along the beach blowing a plastic whistle….

Process Revealing

Some processes lie behind others and sometimes reveal aspects through others “The clouds are shimmering crimson. The sight is quite breathtaking. At night they are sometimes  silver white like jewels in the sky. Of course the clouds are really their usually grey or white. But  the way the sun and moon reveal their beauty through…

Harmonious and Discordant Processes

Some change is harmonious and some is discordant “The cottages have been made in a way that seems to fit in with the cliff landscape. They stand in  terraces, painted in colours of brown, grey and whitewash to match the cliff face. Then, further  along the bay, someone has built a hotel, which stands, bright…

Small and Large Process Change

Some process change is big and some change is small… “I have been watching the sea for half an hour now. The wind has dropped to almost nothing and it seems  that the sea is almost as flat as a mirror. The view of clouds is also more like an oil painting, so still they…

Large Process Forces

We may have to battle against, or work with forces inherent in processes. “The wreck of an old ship lies jutting out on the rocks. It is a sad sight, even though the tragedy took place  so many years ago, it stirs my feelings and send my imagination back to that time when this ship,…

Process Proximity

“A snowy white stallion in a field over the bay is galloping at breakneck speed towards the trees.  Behind it, up in the sky a jumbo jet seems to be crawling across the sky and, far on the distant  horizon, an oil tanker seems to be hardly moving at all, though it is probably doing…

Process Change

“A seagull wanders along the beach just at the sea edge. Suddenly it takes off and flies just above the spray of  the fierce, incoming waves. The other sea gulls are perched on the rocks, hardly moving. I hear a loud bang in  the distance, from a car exhaust I think. Suddenly the seagulls take…

Process Patterns

“As the wind picked up the waves grew in size until some were about two metres high they  were blown into the shore more quickly and I caught my breath as I saw a wave wash right  up onto the tarmac of the road. Then the wind dropped and the height of the waves dropped…

Process Stability

“I realised when talking to a local fisherman how much this place has changed over the years. New buildings have sprung up and a small wood has become almost a forest. Hotels have been built and there are more boats. But the bay is still the same. The tide washes the sea in and out…

Process Attachment

“I am standing next to my friend and I point out the flock of seagulls drifting together on  the wind. It looks so beautiful. But he is pointing out the speedboat cutting across the  scene at about forty miles an hour. “Look at that!” he exclaims, ignoring my seagulls completely!” People get emotionally attached to…

Process Noise

“I stare out to sea enjoying the peace of this place. The rhythm of the waves and its noise  as waves wash up onto the sandy beach – it is harmonious. Then all is disturbed by a  rumble of thunder. Then another, louder and closer. The whole scene is changed. I am on  edge. When…

Process Attention

 “There was a surfer about a hundred metres out to sea. The wind had really whipped up  and, despite the breath-taking scenery, I couldn’t take my eyes off her attempt to surf on  those dangerous waves! It was fascinating. I really wanted her to succeed but she kept falling in. I must have stood…

Influencing Processes

“I saw the sun break through the clouds which were careering quickly across the sky. The landscape below was very much shaped by man. The beach has been covered with jutting rocks to act as wave breakers. The sea wall has been strengthened. But the processes of the tide, and heat of the sun, even…

Gazing, Process Gestures and Innovation

This article applies concepts derived from artistic discipline and applies them to process innovation. Two process innovation techniques emerge from this unique application which are described. Firstly, the concept of “gazing” is discussed and its use as a method for observing and analysing manufacturing and business process is outlined. A second concept, “process gestures”, is…

Process Transposition – the theory in a metaphor

A space ship glides through an interstellar cluster heading for an asteroid belt. Navigating through such dense rocks and planetary fragments will be almost impossible. At the heart of the ship is its navigation system: a dance floor upon which a man, dressed in a dinner suit covered in sensors, waltzes to perfection with a…

Influencing Processes

“I saw the sun break through the clouds which were careering quickly across the sky. The landscape below was very much shaped by man. The beach has been covered with jutting rocks to act as wave breakers. The sea wall has been strengthened. But the processes of the tide, and heat of the sun, even…

Process Transposition

A space ship glides through an interstellar cluster heading for an asteroid belt. Navigating through such dense rocks and planetary fragments will be almost impossible. At the heart of the ship is its navigation system: a dance floor upon which a man, dressed in a dinner suit covered in sensors, waltzes to perfection with a…

Involutionary Process Thinking

What is a symphony ? Is it the musical notes on the page ? Is it the orchestra that played it or the conductor who conducted them ? Is it the composer who composed it or the audience that listened to it. In order t understand things, we necessarily put boundaries around them. However there…