Business process management is a term with widely varied use that includes a variety of goals and overall strategies to implement and succeed.
Scaling can often be overlooked as one of those goals, and BPM can be a sound method of exploring the scaling potential of your business and taking action on it.
How does an organization scale with BPM though?
One of the most crucial aspects of successful scaling is standardization through the company. To exponentially increase the quantity of work being done without sacrificing quality, new hires need to be streamlined into their positions with all requisite knowledge to perform their tasks.
Analyzing current processes and correcting the application of business rules is a large part of BPM strategy. Furthermore, insight provided through BPM and analytics will mean that you can (and should) review prior growth and successful minor scaling to formulate the plan to drive an intentional, large-format business scaling.
The standardization from business process management will allow you to push through the hurdles that can come with growing an organization.
How to ensure the success?
One of the greatest gifts of BPM is the ability to change rapidly through the agility that an overarching system/strategy provides. Shift the system, and everything can respond quickly.
Many organizations don't have the visibility to realize that a shift needs to be made in order to respond to market or industry changes, let alone the flexibility and drive to make those changes rapidly. With BPM, your company will have both.
As you scale, take advantage of both of those capabilities. Aim for success. When failure happens, fail fast and move on. That's the beauty of agility - you can catch failure as it is about to happen or shortly after, and adapt the system to avoid the failure again, putting your business in a state of continuous improvement.
Proactive goals must still remain on the playing field throughout the scaling process - take advantage of your ability to react, but don't become simply a reactive organization. Lead the pack with proactive change and organizational efforts as often as possible, but be prepared to lose the rigidity you may be used to.
A good plan is wonderful when it works, but if you see the shortcomings up ahead, it has ceased to be a good plan - make it an even better plan and flex the agility muscle you worked so hard to strengthen.
Whether winds are good, bad, strong or mild, BPM will let you sail to success in scaling through the roughest seas.