Archive for August 12th, 2007


The River Kwai: BPM

In 1957, The Bridge on the River Kwai was released to the world and forced many to reconsider their thoughts on duty and responsibility. It was also an early object lesson in business process management (BPM). With Colonel Saito imploring the prisoners to “be happy in your work”, all kinds of paradigms got tossed akimbo. Being happy in your work is absolutely crucial to being successful in your work. If you’re miserable, you will not succeed. But understanding the nature of your work is also very important to that happiness, too. What is it that you’re really supposed to be doing? Are you just marking time, or is there something more to it?