Posted by: Adam Deane | 17/10/2011

BPM Brainstorming – Bazinga!

BazingaLeonard Hofstadter: We need to brainstorm more.
Sheldon Cooper: What’s wrong with our current brainstorming sessions?
Leonard Hofstadter: We need to widen our social circle to get other perspectives.
Sheldon Cooper: I have a very wide circle. I have 212 friends on Facebook.
Leonard Hofstadter: Yes, and you’ve never met one of them.
Sheldon Cooper: That’s the beauty of it.

Leonard Hofstadter: That’s not the way to brainstorm.
Sheldon Cooper: I’m at a loss. If you like, you can review my daily log of social interactions and see if there’s a blunder I overlooked.

Leonard Hofstadter: Look Sheldon, colleagues need to talk more, to swap ideas, to hear other opinions. You know… chat.
Sheldon Cooper: I don’t understand. What’s wrong with emailing.
Howard Wolowitz: Try telling him it’s a non-optional social convention.
Leonard Hofstadter: Sheldon, In order to succeed, groups of people inside the organisation need to communicate better.
Sheldon Cooper: Oh, that’s easy. Just get them a BPM system.

Leonard Hofstadter: Communication can’t be solved by software. There is a human element to it. Communication is a social skill.
Sheldon Cooper: I’m sure the skills can be extrapolated and transferred to the BPM system.
Leonard Hofstadter: You’re crazy.
Sheldon Cooper: I’m not crazy, my mother had me tested!

Howard Wolowitz: You know, maybe Sheldon has a point, there are BPM vendors that are developing collaboration tools for BPM like tibbr, Blueworks Live and SAP Streamwork.
Leonard Hofstadter: Yes, these are excellent ways to communicate, but they don’t replace brainstorming. Even with existing enterprise collaboration tools in the market like Yammer, Chatter and others, the problems remain the same: internal politics and human nature.
Howard Wolowitz: Does brainstorming create new friends?
Leonard Hofstadter: Oh, I don’t think so. Sheldon doesn’t like friends. Even as a little boy, he’d send his imaginary friends home at the end of the day.
Sheldon Cooper: They were not “friends”. They were imaginary colleagues.

Howard Wolowitz: What about ECM?
Sheldon Cooper: ECM – this is where the semi-skilled workers realize the work of better minds. Hello, Oompah-Loompahs of BPM.
Howard Wolowitz: You know, Sheldon, you don’t have so many friends that you can afford to start insulting them.
Sheldon Cooper: While you, by virtue of your youth and naiveté, have fallen prey to the inexplicable need for human contact, let me step in and assure you that my research will go on uninterrupted, and that social relationships will continue to baffle and repulse me.

Leonard Hofstadter: It won’t work. We are still missing something to make the whole brainstorming issue work.
Sheldon Cooper: I sense a disturbance in the Force. Why try to brainstorm when you can always ask me for the answers?

Leonard Hofstadter: I don’t know. BPM doesn’t seem to solve collaboration issues.
Sheldon Cooper: On the contrary, BPM is an excellent solution for collaboration.
Leonard Hofstadter: So you’re saying that BPM is a good solution to collaboration problems in the organisation.
Sheldon Cooper: You actually had it right the first time. Once again, you have fallen for one of my classic pranks. Bazinga!
Leonard Hofstadter: It must be hell inside your head.
Sheldon Cooper: At times.


  1. Adam, you hit the nail on the head. Most BPM pundits remind me of Sheldon Cooper … Max

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