Posted by: Adam Deane | 12/06/2012

BPM: Teach a man to fish

Yoda and BPMThere was an awed hush throughout the great hall as the holy man entered.
The chosen one. He who’s wisdom was without boundaries.
He who has endless knowledge and experience.

The consultant

Murmur of conversation, as people waited for him to speak.

Then, as the old man stood up, a sudden silence spread across the meeting room.

The old consultant look around him, all eyes were upon on him.
Everyone was waiting to hear his pearls of wisdom. Suspense filled the room.

And then he spoke…

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

His words thundered across the room. Gasps echoed off the walls. People responded by nodding their heads.
The consultant had spoken!

Just as the old man sat down, a voice from the back of the room was heard.

“Oh wise one”, said the business analyst, What kind of fish? Mackerel, Sea Bass, Shark?

“But Oh wise one”, joined in the process analyst, “How can we do it without a proper design? Surely we need to spend some months defining fishing methodology”

“But Oh wise one”, added the database administrator, “What are the specs for the fish server? It’s going to to take time ordering the sea servers and installing the underwater software”

“But Oh wise one”, questioned the project manager, “Who can I allocate for this fish training? Everyone is already booked”

“But Oh wise one”, demanded the CFO, “Where am I meant to find budget for this fish training? Are you sure this is the cheapest option?”

As the questions continued, the end-user sitting next to the consultant grinned.
“Not exactly the reaction you were hoping for”, he said.
“Not really, no”, replied the consultant quietly.

“Don’t worry about it”, said the end-user with a smile, I’m allergic to fish anyway…


  1. Classic – I like this one, a great example of how user requirements and the very purpose of a BPM initiative can get lost so easily…

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