Is BPM Common Sense?

  • August 12, 2010
  • Scott

Max J Pucher has written recently that BPM is, essentially, common sense management that could be gleaned from dozens of management books:

In these times I would call BPM common sense management. It is no longer new or a mystery! We are rather going backwards with BPM to Tayloristic management concepts. Is there really anyone left in a management position in larger than SMBs who does NOT KNOW what the idea behind process management is? If yes, he/she shouldn’t be there. And once someone understands the acronym does he really need more than a day to understand what the idea is and how to implement it as a management approach? There are numerous books that will tell you how to do it.

Respectfully, Max is both right and wrong.  Yes, BPM is “common sense management” – but, you can read about the Himalayas and look at pictures all you want – it will not prepare you for BEING THERE.  You can read about playing tennis all you want, but playing it well requires practice, practice, practice… and… coaching.  You need a good coach to become a good player.

The point is, many things can be read about and understood in principle.  You can understand the what.  You might understand the how.  Or the when.  But the magic happens when you know what to do, you know *how* to decide what to do, and how to do it.  And you know when the time is right to do it – and you know why.  Business requires not just common sense but practice, and a good feedback loop as well.

Having said all that – the rest of his blog post is quite an interesting read, as usual.

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