Make no mistake, the future lies with automation of white-collar work. Fewer and fewer business problems these days focus on manufacturing and production processes, i.e., the nothing-but-widgets
category. For all the non-widget-centric
business activity in the world – which includes just about all every conceivable form of white-collar work – the following needs become paramount.
- Ensuring the quality of meta-data.
- Demonstrating compliance based actual rules, rather than the artifacts and effects that IT systems produce.
- Retaining, teaching and repurposing intellectual capital.
What would I do to correct the shortcomings of BPM for non-widget-centric
business activity? Our answer is to become more why
-centric, as opposed to narrowly how
You should focus on business capabilities, not just business processes. That shift has several essential features:
- Understanding business strategy as something distinct from business processes (and BPM). Business goals and business risks should be drivers of business process design – not the other way around. You need to be strategy-driven, not simply process-driven.
- Designing core metrics around business goals and business risks – the things that concern C-suite executives the most.
- Realizing that for white-collar work the 3-D world of widgets has vanished, and that tolerances and quality can be expressed only in terms of business rules.
- Treating business rules as a first-class citizen, externalized from process models.
- Identifying operational business decisions (based on encoded business rules) as a crucial focal point in re-engineering business processes.
- Including a Why Button as part of every business solution. Pressing the Why Button leads immediately to the business rules that produced the results you see from any process.
Read more about the future for processes:
BPM and the Knowledge Economy: Nothing But Widgets? http://www.brsolutions.com/2015/11/16/bpm-and-the-knowledge-economy-nothing-but-widgets/
What is the Future for Processes?
Are Processes and BPM Relevant in the Digital Economy? http://www.brsolutions.com/2015/10/19/are-processes-and-bpm-relevant-in-the-digital-economy/
Measuring Quality and Defects in the Knowledge Economy: http://www.brsolutions.com/2015/10/27/measuring-quality-and-defects-in-the-knowledge-economy/
Quality and Tolerances in the Knowledge Economy: http://www.brsolutions.com/2015/10/29/quality-and-tolerances-in-the-knowledge-economy/