Posted by: Adam Deane | 04/04/2011

BPM: Faster! Faster!

Alice in Wonderland
Faster! Faster!” cried the Queen. “Faster! Faster!”

And then they went so fast that at last they seemed to skim through the air, hardly touching the ground with their feet, till suddenly, just as Alice was getting quite exhausted, they stopped, and she found herself sitting on the ground, breathless and giddy.

The Queen propped her up against a tree and said kindly, “You may rest a little now.”

Alice looked around her in great surprise. “Why, I do believe we’ve been under this tree the whole time! Everything’s just as it was!”

“Of course it is,” said the Queen of BPM. “What would you have it?”

“Well in our projects,” said Alice still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else – if you ran very fast for a long time as we’ve been doing.”

“What a slow kind of project!” said the Mad Hatter, drinking his cup of tea. “Now here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.
If you want to get somewhere else you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

“That is a strange way of running a project”, said Alice. When do you get to the end? When does the project Go-Live?

“Go Live? We never Go-Live! BPM is all about constant improvement” said the Queen in surprise. We develop and change, develop and change. The fun is in the constant improvement.

“I don’t understand” said a puzzled Alice. “Can’t you improve after Go-Live? It would be much more effective.”

Oh no! replied the Queen of BPM in horror. We can’t do that! Once the project has gone live – the vendor will disappear.
Never! said the Cheshire Cat with a grin and slowly disappeared…

Fiddlesticks! said Alice in a huff. You’re not improving – your’re procrastinating. There is no reason to delay the Go-Live. There will always be changes. Thats part of the BPM agile methodology. The changes need to be after Go-Live, not before. The input from the endusers, the changes to business, the tweaks to make it run smoother – these can only be seen after go-live.
BPM projects need to be up and running as quick as possible.
It should take weeks, not months !

What a silly time frame said the Queen of BPM. We do things differently around here! Our approach is much smarter!

Don’t postpone until tomorrow, what you can postpone till the day after! explained the Mad Hatter pouring tea into a cup that was broken on the bottom, yet the tea was landing in another cup.
Tea anyone?

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