[ecoop-info] SPIP Special issue on Business Process Life-Cycle

Selmin Nurcan nurcan at univ-paris1.fr
Wed Oct 14 22:24:15 CEST 2009

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Business Process Life-Cycle: Design, Deployment, Operation & Evaluation

Software Process: Improvement and Practice (SPIP) Journal

Guest Editors: Selmin Nurcan, Rainer Schmidt, Ilia Bider, Gil Regev

Extended abstract submission : January 15, 2010
Full paper submission: March 15, 2010


The Special Issue on Business Process Life-Cycle: Design, Deployment, 
Operation & Evaluation follows the 9th Workshop on Business Process 
Modeling, Development, and Support, organized in conjunction with 
CAISE’08, and gives room for other high quality papers. This special 
issue aims to be a meeting place for both researchers and practitioners 
of the business systems community in the fields of business process 
development and business application software development.

Business processes have a life-cycle that comprises three phases, 
design, deployment, operation and evaluation. Each of the phases has one 
or more purposes. For instance, the design phase has the purpose to 
align the business process with the requirements of the business and to 
assure its compliance with legal rules etc. The deployment phase has the 
purpose to verify that the process fits the customer’s requirements to 
test its performance and to put it into production. In the operation & 
evaluation phase, evaluation serves the purpose to enhance and improve 
the process. Thus the continuous improvement requirement is the force, 
which "drives" the wheel of the business process life cycle.

In this Special Issue, we will focus on the interaction between two or 
more phases of the life-cycle, as well as the holistic view of the whole 
life-cycle. Furthermore, the relationship between the phases and their 
associated purposes shall be investigated. Therefore, we will accept 
only contributions covering two or more phases of the lifecycle, or 
process life-cycle management in general.

The main issues for discussion are:
• Goals and approaches for Business process life-cycles and their 
• Approaches, methods and technologies for the coupling of life-cycle 
• Management of the business process lifecycle
• Support for the business process lifecycle
• Metrics and continuous improvement of processes in the life-cycle
• Evaluation and improvement may be practiced (i) in a stable state of 
the organization, but also and probably often (ii) because the 
environment changes.
- Case (i) is related to the quality (management) aspects and to the 
continuous improvement
- Case (ii) is related to the change management and BP transformation
In both cases, we probably can/should have some topics (i)  about the 
link between the BP, its improvement, and the support systems (not only 
BPMS), and (ii) the decision issues involved in all stages, illustrated 
in the wheel above.

Examples of more concrete topics include, but are not limited to:
• Life-cycles for special types of business processes
• Process and information integration in business process life-cycles
• Processes for the management of business process life-cycles
• Software systems to support the business process life-cycle
• Metrics for business process life-cycles
• Business Activity Monitoring (BAM)
• Specific transitions in the BP life-cycle:
- Design to deployment – modeling, verification, alignment, 
organizational issues, etc.
- Operation to redesign – monitoring, mining, learning, etc.

The special issue will include two groups of papers:

(a) extended versions of papers presented in BPMDS’08, and
(b) original papers that are relevant to the special issue.

All manuscripts are to be submitted by March 15, 2010. However, extended 
abstracts (up to 1000 words) of papers in group (b) should be submitted 
by January 15, 2010 for assessment of relevance.

All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another 


• Extended abstract submission (for papers that were not presented in 
BPMDS’08): January 15, 2010
• Assessment of relevance: January 31, 2010 (in any case, two weeks 
after the submission of the extended abstract for each paper)
• Full paper submission: March 15, 2010
• Notifications: April 30, 2010
• Second review round - Submission: June 1st, 2010
• Second review round – Notification: June 15, 2010
• Final Paper submission: June 30, 2010
• Submission due date to SPIP: July 31, 2010 (for sending all materials 
to the Journal by the guest editors)

All submissions should be directed to the attention of Selmin Nurcan
E-mail: Selmin.Nurcan at univ-paris1.fr

The objective of Software Process is to facilitate improvement in the 
quality, productivity, performance and assessment of the software 
development process by disseminating practice and experience papers.

Software Process aims to be the vehicle of scientific record for all 
advances in software process models and descriptions. It will seek 
contributions on the impact of the SEI capability maturity model, on 
standardisation issues and the results of initiatives such as ESSI, and 
on all the following topics: process discovery and capture; process 
description and formalisms; process architecture; process analysis and 
visualisation; process-centred environments; process monitoring and 
measurement; process experiments and experimental paradigms; 
relationships between software and non-software processes; process 
support mechanisms - instantiation, customisation, evolution, change 
propagation, guidance and conformance, cooperation and coordination, 
state reification, binding-process assessment, feedback and improvement; 
novel software processes.

By learning from the results of practical experience and by providing a 
forum for discussion of the entire range of software engineering 
activities from conception through to maintenance of evolving systems, 
this publication aims to be as grounded in the realities of 
organisational and commercial forces as it is led by technological 

SPIP is a Wiley InterScience Journal.
Editor-in-Chief: Darren Dalcher
Published: 6 per year

The BPMDS series has produced 10 workshops from 1998 to 2009. Eight of 
these workshops, including the last seven (BPMDS’03 – BPMDS’09) were 
held in conjunction with CAiSE conferences.

The topics addressed by the BPMDS workshops are focused on IT support 
for business processes. This is one of the keystones of Information 
Systems theory. We strongly believe that any major conference in the 
area of Information Systems needs to address such topics independently 
of the current fashion. The continued interest in these topics on behalf 
of the IS community is reflected by the success of the last BPMDS 
workshops and the recent emergence of new conferences devoted to the theme.

The goals, format and history of BPMDS can be found on the web site: 

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