If your business process management isn’t up to par, you’re not alone.
At the Six Sigma IQ website, BPM expert Dan Morris assured readers that many companies suffer from stalled BPM. But whether you are stuck on simple improvements rather than true transformations or whether you are being overly tactical instead of strategic, there is a way out of the tunnel.
What’s your first step? Morris offered a self-test that can help you identify whether your BPM is in need of some adjustment.
Morris advised that in a nutshell, your answers to these questions will determine whether your business is improving significantly as a result of your BPM, and/or whether senior managers are getting the return they want from your efforts. If you thought you were doing a great job but the current answers to these questions involve a lot of “Nos”, you might be experiencing a setback that looks like this:
Although you may be stuck now, that doesn’t mean your BPM efforts are doomed. After all, evolution and growth can sometimes be painful. However, it’s important to address the situation now, before you receive any push back from your senior leaders.
BPM cannot deliver ROI without first being backed by a defined vision, structure, and justification. Taking the time to rethink your initiatives at a higher level will also ensure that you can secure sponsors and gain access to meatier projects. Morris mentioned these four levels of projects that BPM can potentially support:
Moving to higher level projects, said Morris, seldom happens on its own. It requires vision, strategy, planning, and flexible execution. It also mandates an open and honest assessment of the BPM team capabilities and competencies and its ability to support an expanded role in the company. “This requires a commitment to delivering greater value through BPM and BPMS enabled BPM,” he said. “It also requires a sponsor and the budget needed to put the group on the right evolution path.”
Perhaps most importantly, BPM initiatives can benefit from the use of low code rapid application development platforms. These technologies enable both IT and line of business users to work in collaboration, facilitating ease of use (speed), agility, and controls (governance) that keep process improvements humming along.
And, if your BPM involves bigger and more critical process issues that can’t be solved by a citizen developer, perhaps these platforms can fill in the gaps while your BPM group regroups and overcomes the necessary hurdles.
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