I think this came in through the JDF work. I don't see much point in having this POM around if the point is to have the individual quickstarts work standalone. Any objections to removing bpel-pom.xml?
Related question: I think we should have a sandbox directory in quickstarts where we put apps which are not actively maintained/supported in the community or are broken in some way. IIRC, the bpel-xts quickstarts fall into this category. I'm tempted to say that any quickstart which is not validated in our release build should be in the sandbox (demos being the exception).
That is fine with me - unfortunately I don't have time to support the XTS work that Ivo did, so its just in as really a tech preview. If Ivo has time to investigate the issues with the quickstarts, then possibly they could be moved back into the release - however they require some specific configuration which makes them more involved to run anyway.