Funny how time slips away

It’s been six years since some of us started soapboxing about ACM vs BPM.

I don’t see much of a change –we continue to see folks trying to shoehorn BPM into all kinds of initiatives where end-to-end “solutions” are being proposed for work that does not have a convenient a start point and  where pathways do not dovetail into a single “objective” and we continue to see proposals to dismantle silos by transitioning to “flat organizational structures”.


Keep the silos!

Silos are nothing more than pools of specialty resources – silos can be centers of excellence, they are great for mentoring and their residents can easily come out of their silos, apply their knowledge/skills to run time initiatives and then go back to their silos.

If you think about it, there is not much difference in a digital world between a handoff of work within a silo (i.e. change of shift) and a handoff between silos.

All work involves the transformation of inputs to outputs and we have R.A.L.B. (auto-resource allocation, leveling and balancing) software that pretty much sees to it that things do not fall between the cracks, so it really does not matter where knowledge/skills are parked.

Of course, hierarchical, project, matrix and “flat” organizational structures all have pluses and minuses.

Consultants who transition from BPM to ACM/BPM typically do not find it distracting to work within less than optimum organizational structures.

Changing organizational structures is best left to change management consultants – it’s not easy to transition from one organizational structure to another without going through a corporate cultural change.

Take a break:

Ref:  Willie Nelson “Funny How Time Slips Away””


Management consultant and process control engineer (MSc EE) with a focus on bridging the gap between operations and strategy in the areas of critical infrastructure protection, major crimes case management, healthcare services delivery, and b2b/b2c/b2d transactions. (C) 2010-2019 Karl Walter Keirstead, P. Eng. All rights reserved. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and are not connected with Jay-Kell Technologies Inc, Civerex Systems Inc. (Canada), Civerex Systems Inc. (USA) or CvX Productions.
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