Every business is made up of multiple moving parts. Each needs to work smoothly for your team to deliver projects on time and exceed customer expectations.
If a part breaks down, a ripple effect occurs across the entire organization, resulting in project delays and huge cost overruns.
So how can you turn your business into a well-oiled machine? How can you systemize your processes and ensure more consistent results?
The answer is with SOPs or standard operating procedures — a way to document your processes from start to finish.
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Your process is only as strong as its weakest link.
However, without a solid process improvement methodology to give you the framework to analyze and improve processes properly, you can’t be sure you’re always fixing the weakest link in the chain.
Read on to learn more about the top enhancement frameworks, how they work, and when to use them.
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Think of a business like a car — everything needs to work together to get you to your next destination. A breakdown in just
one system can leave you stranded on the road.
Each system in a car is like a business process. If you don’t properly manage those processes, parts of your company could “break down” or become inefficient over time.
So how can you better manage your business processes? How can you improve their efficiency and increase productivity?
This is where BPM or business process management comes in.
In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at what BPM is. We’ll also cover the three main types and six stages of BPM, as well as best practices to follow.
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Processes are at the heart of every organization. But things become more complex as a business grows and expands.
What may have previously worked for your organization is likely slowing down how things get done now. This impacts overall productivity and leads to inconsistent outcomes.
So what’s the best way to manage the growing complexity of processes? And how can you ensure processes are running as efficiently as possible?
The answer is with process documentation.
In this article, we’ll look at how to document a process, why it’s important, and best practices to follow. We’ll also look at the tools you can use to document and automate your processes.
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Toyota made headlines when it became the largest carmaker in the world, a title that General Motors held for nearly 80 years.
So how did Toyota do it?
There are many reasons behind Toyota’s success — offering affordable cars with unmatched reliability and excellent customer service certainly helped.
But Toyota got to that point because it built a culture of continuous improvement, which helped the carmaker reduce waste and improve the quality of its vehicles.
These principles are based on operational excellence, and applying them to your own company can deliver a huge competitive advantage.
This article will take an in-depth look at operational excellence and how you can achieve it in your business. We’ll also cover its core principles as well as methodologies to implement.
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50% of organizations are making significant strides to improve their business processes because they recognize that businesses perform better when their processes are aligned with overall organizational objectives.
The importance of business processes cannot be overlooked.
Not only do business processes enable you to pinpoint inefficiencies before they become crises, but streamlined processes also enable you to produce consistent results and scale up your business operations.
If you don’t understand the value of optimizing your business processes and you’re happy with business as usual, you’re going to fall behind your competitors.
Read on to learn why business processes are so important and what you can do to make sure yours are under control and performing to the best of their ability.
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50% of organizations claim that they’re making a significant effort to improve their business processes.
But how are they going about this?
To improve business processes, you need to map your current processes, analyze their effectiveness and efficiency, and plan improvements accordingly.
However, if you don’t have the right tools, you’ll find this task tricky.
Read on to learn about the most important process improvement tools you need and how to use them to enhance the performance of your workflows.
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The global pandemic has changed how we work. Even as parts of the economy continue to open up, more companies embrace remote work or opt for hybrid models.
Making this transition was by no means easy. Companies that thrived during this period were agile — they adopted and even embraced change.
So how did some companies manage to grow while so many others faltered and shut down?
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Despite the importance of business process modeling, nearly
half of all organizations fail to model more than 25% of their processes.
Without a business process model to guide them, these organizations are flying blind. They won’t be able to see where bottlenecks are holding up the process or where they can optimize the workflow.
By modeling each business process, you get a feel for every eventuality, helping you to cut back on processing costs, reduce errors in the pipeline, and speed up workflows.
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Business processes typically follow the same steps to achieve a specific goal, whether it’s onboarding a new hire or procuring goods.
Behind each process is a workflow to ensure each step “flows” efficiently. Workflows are crucial to streamlining routine tasks and increasing efficiency.
But workflows can become inefficient over time. This can happen when your organization expands, revises internal policies, or introduces new products.
Inefficient workflows result in wasted time and resources. They also place a heavy drain on employees who are likely doing something in a way they shouldn’t.
So how can you optimize your workflows and increase operational efficiency?
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