With so many perspectives at play and with BPM community comprising multiple sub-communities with heterogeneous views, it is darn too difficult to define BPM that covers all the aspects and still satisfies everyone. When it comes to defining BPM, it will always be in a certain context and when a customer looks for the right definition the question that needs to be asked is – what’s your business’s objective, and what’s the problem you’re trying to solve. BPM, at the end of the day needs to make the business more agile &responsive and business processes more efficient and flexible.
My daughter knows very well she’s not actually a Doctor and is just playing with her Doctor’s kit. Can we stop playing with these investments in BPM(S) and actually practice BPM? When tools become everything – it’s not business, it’s child’s play.
An interesting graph at Gapminder on economic growth of landlocked countries v/s those with coastlines shows that landlocked countries have bigger challenged on economic growth. Same is true for businesses except that countries cannot decide whether to be or not be landlocked, businesses can!
Silos within the organizations boil down to plain WIIFM (What’s In It For Me?), the way organizations measure performance and the type of behaviors they encourage. There’s a relationship among KPIs, Objectives, Expectations, Inspection, and Incentives. We can bridge the silos by understanding this, and effectively using the technology and tools available to us once we know what needs to be done.
If Incremental Improvement is so much loved by business stakeholders, it’s not because BPM cannot do otherwise, they just like it that way! As for Innovation in BPM, We are at a point of time which is most conducive in recent few years for big leap innovations in BPM – as discipline & as technology.
I have seen many a successful BPM solution that has been more so in hindsight. And a lot of hyped up solutions/initiatives that started off as BPM solutions ended up as duds. What’s important is to remain true to the BPM drivers and objectives. And that is, to make an impact on customer experience and measurable parameters that really matter. If you do that, you will end up doing what’s best for the objective, call it BPM then if you wish! Pre-qualification of a problem (as a BPM candidate) or solution (as BPM implementation) isn’t as important as it seems.