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Everything is Not a Process: Products, Games and Emerging Metaphors for Work

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Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition (SAF/AQRT) Washington United States

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No doubt the intent of saying Everything is a process is to assert that every activity is a process, excluding things like magazines. But even that modified assertion paints with an excessively broad brush. It would perhaps be more accurate to say that every series of actions can be described as a process. Id be the first to admit such a description is often useful. But let me suggest it is equally important to describe activities in other, non-process frameworks as well. Sloppy semantics aside, there is a real danger when we describe everything as a process, particularly if we think process descriptions are the definitive way to represent a series of related tasks. It is a very short step from Everything is a process to Everything is only a process or even The process is everything. Here there be dragons.

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