From the early days we’ve been drawing process models with swimlanes to depict where a process sits inside an organisation. Throughout BPM history we’ve been trying to tear down silos and functional barriers and educate business how to model their organisations in new ways and yet we still insist on using the Swimlane.
Is it time to lose the Swimlane for good ?
Does using a swimlane only reinforce the fact we’re still ingrained in a silo’d or functional mentality ?
I would argue that is really doesn’t matter where the process sits inside an organisation, only that it is performed and executed with the goal or strategy success in mind, that it’s ownership sits outside of a functional box and that with a collaborative spirit it’s kept up to date and runs as efficiently as possible.
Can we break away from tradition and habit, or do we allow BPMS providers to continue to constrain us from moving on and evolving BPM into something fresh with the times……