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Rainer Ribback recently posted 5 reasons
that BPM projects fail.

  1) All functions – no metrics
  2) Include the business and mean it
  3) Scope
  4) Missed adoption planning
  5) The ambiguous roadmap

I will add my
views on a few of these…

Metrics – I have
written about this several times in the past. 
You need to have an objective way to show that your project is
successful.  You can only do that with quantifiable

Scope – We all
know that scope creep is one of the biggest killers to any large project, BPM
is no different.

adoption planning – He says that ‘capturing the voice of the customer is key to
adoption.’  I really like his statement
that ‘the voice of the customer is the absolute truth.’

Today, a happy customer is not enough.  You need to have ecstatic customers.  Ecstatic customers will not only be loyal,
they will recommend you to others.  So,
the message here is to get input from your customer.

Ambiguous roadmap – Rainer talks
about the roadmap as a ‘plan of reference’. 
I think of this as a solution vision. 
If you clearly delineate your vision for a solution, all of the parties
will understand what the final solution should look like.  There may be deviations, but the solution
will meet your vision.

Think of it like a crew
shell.  You have 8 rowers and it is
really important that the all row in the same direction.  The boat is going from point A to point
B.  Your solution vision [roadmap] delineates
the path from point A to point B to your ‘rowers’.  They may deviate only if the boat continues
to move toward point B.

When planning your BPM project,
it is a good idea to take all of these into account. 

It is in your best interest to
start with a solution vision.
  It makes a
project go so much smoother.
  Contact me if
you would like some help…

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