[I wrote this post on 27th Sep 2012, for ProductNation and Nasscom Product Conclave Blog] Building products is hard. Building a successful product organization is even harder. Start-up ecosystem is replete with ideas and prototypes. Few of them reach the market with a product and very few turn up as successful. And, a minuscule number of product businesses are […]
When a business process culminates in a transaction that has the organization as the beneficiary, they will find a way or the other to keep track of it, and not let the ball drop. But, not so much otherwise. When you see a broken process, problem lies mostly with focus and priorities; not with their ability (technological or managerial) to manage processes.
Not all organizations may realize that some of the tweaks in policies and systems actually end up as the key determinant of the longer term direction that “organizational culture” takes. When tweaking systems and policies for shorter term goals, do not lose sight of the longer term effects on culture and mindset of people working in the organization. Systems and Policies of today are the organizational culture of tomorrow!
It’s very difficult for everyone involved to get out of the application mindset that has got deeply ingrained with years of training and repeated beating-in. I’m afraid this gets further legitimized with Rapid Application Development (RAD) and Composite Applications Development through BPMS gaining acceptance. But, if you actually want a process management solution, don’t treat it as an Application.
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!