Prescriptive Process Monitoring for Cost-Aware Cycle Time Reduction

Zahra Dasht Bozorgi, Irene Teinemaa, Marlon Dumas, Marcello La Rosa and Artem Polyvyanyy


Reducing cycle time is a recurrent concern in the field of business process management. Depending on the process, various interventions may be triggered to reduce the cycle time of a case, for example, using a faster shipping service in an order-to-delivery process or calling a customer to obtain missing information rather than waiting passively. However, each of these interventions comes with a cost. This paper tackles the problem of determining if and when to trigger a time-reducing intervention in a way that maximizes a net gain function. The paper proposes a prescriptive monitoring method that uses orthogonal random forests to estimate the causal effect of triggering a time-reducing intervention for each ongoing case of a process. Based on this estimate, the method triggers interventions according to a user-defined policy. The method is evaluated on two real-life datasets.