Great thread over at ebizQ about whether it’s feasible to create a process right first time.
Which lead me to think about the monkey Shakespeare analogy. So I sprinkled a little Friday BPM fun and this is the result. Enjoy.
The infinite process monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random using Visio or a BPMS for an infinite amount of time will almost surely create a given process, such as the complete target operating model of a bank.
In this context, “almost surely” is a mathematical term with a precise meaning, and the “monkey” is not an actual monkey, but a Process Analyst that produces a random sequence of BPMN shapes and symbols ad infinitum. The relevance of the theory is questionable—the probability of a Process Analyst exactly creating a perfect process is so tiny that the chance of it occurring during a period of time even a hundred thousand orders of magnitude longer than the age of the universe is extremely low (but not zero).
The upshot ? Don’t hold your breath.