Posted by: Adam Deane | 24/10/2011

Occupy BPM

Occupy BPMLondon, UK — Riot police broke up a demonstration of the “Occupy BPM” movement Friday, after a group of around 100,000 people protesting corporate injustice defied an order to vacate a plaza.

Between 250 and 300 members of the “Occupy BPM” group were arrested and around 50 people, including two police officers, suffered minor injuries in the scuffle, police commissioner Miranda Wright said.

Several demonstrators screamed and cried as police dragged and carried them away from the city square, where protesters had been camped out for nearly a week.

The “Occupy BPM” movement began last month in New York, where process implementers frustrated with how Corporate America’s stubborn Enterprise Architects have been dictating how business processes should look like, took to the streets in protest.

Since then, thousands of developers have united to protest across the globe. Most of the protests have been peaceful — with the exception of a rally in London that turned violent last week when developers smashed BPMN diagrams and started creating workflow style processes using sticky paper.

At today’s assembly, “Occupy BPM” released the initial statement below.

1. We are of all ethnicities, backgrounds, genders, generations, sexualities dis/abilities and faiths. We stand together against process injustice all over the world.

2. We refuse to pay for the business analysts mistakes. Our generation should not suffer because of past blunders of our forefathers.

3. We demand an end to global process injustice and our democracy representing corporation thinking instead of the end-users.

4. We stand in solidarity with the process professional oppressed and we call for an end to the actions of all enterprise way of thinking and others in causing this oppression.

5. The current system is unsustainable. It is undemocratic and unjust. We need alternatives. The sandwiches at the company cafeteria are shit as well as must be re-engineered.

This is what real democracy looks like.
Viva la Process!


  1. Sorry, Adam, no one knows what “real democracy” looks like as we have never had it. A process is apolitical. It is the views on/of it that are political and it is about a means for achieving an end – perhaps irrespective of the will of the people.

    I think your initial statement by “Occupy BPM” is more resonant with a “Bill of Rights” or Constitution – which is still not the same thing as a democracy, which is about ALL people having a say and ability to have their say (including those business analysts and enterprise architects you seem to have a problem with). “Occupy BPM” sounds more like either an anarchist or a fascist movement to me – but it’s right to be able to protest IS what is democratic.

  2. […] I had planned to publish a post on changes in the Enterprise Architecture world this week. I was looking for something witty with some interesting insight about “the evolution of EA” following my post on “Occupy BPM“. […]

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