I’ve read the majority of the CBOK since joining last week and have to say I’m deflated by it. As a BPM evangelist I’m very passionate about the profession I serve and yet all I seem to hear these days is BAM this, BI that.
What the CBOK represents is very exclusive (hardly ‘common’ then!) and it is still very IT focussed e.g. Process Modelling must teach BPMN and must teach people to use software tools! Nonsense.
This should be a people’s choice.
This body of work means that all the BPM, Six Sigma, Lean, TQM, ISO, EFQM camps have to either ignore it or embrace it and accept that BPM as a business discipline and method is dead. Process and Process Management is much wider than this document and potentialy many members of the ABPMP may see this.
My other concern is that for a body of work to take so long to develop almost certainly means that it’s outdated as soon as it’s published. The same goes for the Certification which was touted some years ago by the ABPMP. I cannot understand the singular focus of creating a certified course by everyone these days when we have no standard to judge it upon. The CBOK is a long way from being that standard so announcing a course based on it is pointless.
These works cannot be produced in an exclusive round table environment, it needs feedback and input from everyone in the community, whether professional or vendor. If the majority does not have a voice then it cannot be a defacto standard approach or widely recognised.
And this is the problem with BPM right now. Too many factions all vying for attention and claiming to have the one true view of BPM and in greater numbers. Unfortunately we all know quantity is no measure of quality. The BPMI claims to have 40,000 members but 99.9% are voiceless so what does that tell you.
The only way for BPM to truly survive and adapt is for a collaborative effort to exist, pool resource, thoughts and ideas and share them for all. And for this to be FREELY available. If people are passionate about their work then they’ll donate their time, I see no reason for ‘not for profit’ organisations to charge for membership or access information which can serve a greater number of people and evolve the practice for the 21st century and these demanding conditions we face right now.
If BPM implodes or disappears it’s because this fractuous mentality we seem to be hell bent on pursuing caused it to.
I won’t let it happen, and there are others who feel the same at the BPM Nexus.
This isn’t a scathing attack on the ABPMP but the general state of the BPM industry. I’ll walk away with a bloody nose and a few cuts and bruises no doubt but the message is out and that’s what matters most.