What if you worked in an environment where your boss said: “no more emails”, just put it in the wiki? This was the proposition introduced by our collaboration team a while ago and I see echoed in the wisdom of Enterprise 2.0 aficionado and Associate Professor, Harvard Business School’s Andrew McAfee .
What has this to do with the geek and suit collaboration? We are challenged to illustrate how geeks and suits can best share ideas, collaborate and ultimately create something of value for the BPX community. And we now have our wiki which, as we understood, allows for collaborative publishing. Why such collaboration might be an important activity for innovators and creative types as well as knowledge workers, technologists and business folks to be engaged in, is pretty well outlined in McAfee’s blog .
Our search for ways of engaging “more business-IT / geek-suit boundary spanners” (a term coined by McAfee ) brought us to the following idea:
- Create a “true life” story of a Business Process Improvement project, complete with a cast of characters and scenarios describing the business and IT roles in the work environment
- Give those characters names, faces and personalities as they simulate what happens when “Geeks” and “Suits” interface to innovate a process and generate revenue or save money for their organization.
- Allow the community to write the script (see example ), describe characters and comment on the action , define or critique the solutions or add hurdles, issues, or challenges for our heroes (and yourselves) to surmount.
- Provide access to some cool new wiki tools (soon to be launched)
- Joining the game can earn you a copy of the newly published: “Mastering Enterprise SOA with SAP Netweaver and mySAP ERP” as a reward for active participation and the ability to showcase the results in the TechEd clubhouse as well as here in the wiki.
Create a cogent, credible, entertaining and educating story with characters, context, and solutions to demonstrate and illustrate the work of business process analysts, business process owners, business process architects, consultants and developers in business process improvement activities
- Enhance skills needed to navigate business process improvement cycles
- Learn how other colleagues are doing this
- Earn access to books and other learning content
- Work alongside members of our own SAP Process Office who will be assisting, coaching, learning and participating in this “BPX in Action” Pilot