I like to watch the Celebrity Apprentice that regardless of the abnormalities that they do, that program is much better than any MBA or management lectures. In addition to the pantomime is very clear how decisions are made to fire the celebrities based on the performance of the tasks assigned to them.
In season four, one of the teams are Lil Jon and John Rich. Lil Jon is connected to hip-hop and rap while John Rich is a singer of country music. John Rich refers the importance of participating in reality show because working with Lil Jon result connecting two completely different artistic worlds (such as BPM and antagonists ACM) and served to unite two types of very different audiences (hip hop and country).
During holidays I had the opportunity to be with some friends of mine, company managers, who complained about the typical flood of improvement projects. In addition to the problems of project management, these managers complained about the confusion that reigned in people’s minds with the introduction of new methods, definitions, how to implement and the contradictions of the concepts. These managers did not care about these kind of projects and returned to business as usual. They said the main problem of the avalanche of new practices, changing paradigms had a very negative impact on people who did the work, i.e. those contributing to the company to progress.
People, felt abandoned, confused, and were left in the middle of new acronyms and evolving methods that could fit under the BPM, to the point that the people we want to be more efficient and effective stop believing in everything that was under BPM.Ultimately they feel relived end the project ends.
Over the last two years we have seen an amazing evolution of BPM, to the point who can coin more definitions than the other that mean exactly the same. While it may be interesting to consultants and philosophers, this coining process does not say nothing at all to the poor working guy.
Thus the first thing to improve is to clarify what BPM really is. Like Lil Jon and John Rich have succeeded in combining two completely different styles of music, we should also be responsible for clarifying and bringing some light to board rooms, managers and … people.
One last note: contrary to what Max says, BPM can be done without technology. In another life I was responsible for a manufacturing company that every day I had to find a way to produce more products. During 6 years again and again improved manufacturing cells and assembly tasks 100% without technology. It’s amazing how we can improve a process without any technology.
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