Sometimes they call business processes “company’s DNA”.
Companies vs. living organisms is a valid analogy: both live, struggle for a place under the sun and die. They may be healthy or sick, aggressive or adaptive… People come and go – the organism replace cells, yet its look and the way it interacts with the outer world is determined by business processes – DNA.
Within this analogy BPM is genetic engineering:
- we decode organization’s genes (business process analysis and modeling)
- we identify good and bad genes (process patterns and antipatterns)
- we remove bad genes and copy good genes from one organism to another
The difference is that we affect the look and the behavior of the organization itself whereas for living organisms it’s only about next generations.