Remember Easter Eggs…
Easter eggs were little games or a change in program behaviour that would occur in response to a set of mouse-clicks or keystrokes.
Easter eggs in the 1997 version of Microsoft Office included a pinball game in Microsoft Word and a hidden flight simulator in Microsoft Excel.
It was fun.
Microsoft intended Windows Solitaire “to soothe people intimidated by the operating system”, and at a time where many users were still unfamiliar with graphical user interfaces, it proved useful in familiarizing them with the use of a mouse, such as the drag-and-drop technique required for moving cards.
It was fun, and it helped people learn to use the system.
What is the BPM equivalent?
We have support sites, knowledge centres, centres of excellence, best practices, documentation and training videos.
But we don’t anything that’s fun.
BPM is for grown-ups, it’s got the words “business” and “management” in it, therefore it must be taken very seriously.
Easter eggs in BPM software? – BPM is not meant to be enjoyable!!
A game to learn BPMN? – How very dare you!!
We can continue to tell ourselves that BPM is a heavy issue for users to learn, BPMN is a sophisticated notation and BPM software can only be used by the truly gifted…
Ok… I might be oversimplifying but having Easter eggs and Solitaire-like applications in our products surely should ease the learning curve for both developers and end-users, and make the BPM user experience a bit more enjoyable…
Just a thought.
Enjoy your weekend.