Workflow management and control system
Method and apparatus for display and interactive modification of the tasks in a production plan
Cooperation scheme for plural work stations
Method and apparatus for structuring and managing the participatory evaluation of documents by a plurality of reviewers
Integrated activity management system
Method and apparatus for building business process applications in terms of its workflows
Process management system and method
Development support system
ApplicationNo. 08971021 filed on 11/14/1997
US Classes:715/530, Edit, composition, or storage control705/8, Allocating resources or scheduling for an administrative function705/9Staff scheduling or task assignment
ExaminersPrimary: Shah, Sanjiv
Assistant: Paula, C.
Foreign Patent References
International ClassG06F 700
AbstractWorkflow techniques for coordinating organizational processes by providing flexible representations of work using generalized process structure grammars (GPSG). The techniques take into account that, in reality, work evolves both horizontally, in the co-operation of causally unrelated, but information-sharing tasks, and vertically, in the co-ordination of causally-dependent activities. Process modeling involves (1) viewing documents and tasks as duals of each other, capturing horizontal co-operation; and (2) exploiting constraints to express the soft dependencies among related activities and documents within the framework of generative rule-based grammars for processes, thus handling vertical co-ordination. This alleviates or avoids rigidity arising in conventional workflow solutions in part from viewing work processes as unfolding along a single line of temporally chained activities.