What can workflow do for you? Whether you realize it or not you “do” workflow everyday. Even your morning routine is a series of workflow steps. Those steps can be altered to some extent – but it’s not likely you would get dressed before bathing. So, there is a pattern and logic to your morning workflow. This blog post is mainly about how a business can use workflow to change the game, but it could just as easily be applied to your daily life with similar game changing effects.
What can workflow do for you?
Workflow can change the way you do business. Workflow can help you understand your business. Workflow can change the way business is done. Workflow is a game changer.
Considering the overly used term of workflow you will quickly realize that workflow is everywhere. Humans have been practicing various forms of workflow to mange tribes, crops, and everything else for eons. Consider hunter-gatherer tribes and food management --- as the tribes grew in size someone needed to hunt or collect the food, someone needed to process the food, someone needed to distribute the food. I suggest this was an early use of the PDCA cycle – which I wrote about a few days ago here Deming and the PDCA Cycle. The tribes that survived and succeeded changed the game by having the best workflow.
Bringing this forward to modern times I think workflow is more critical today than ever before. Dennis Parker, President of the K2 EMEA business unit, says something that is very relevant and poignant for today. He says “Process is Pervasive” and he couldn’t be more right. Process is everywhere and as a follow on to my previous blog post where I stated Workflow is Recession Proof I think the smart companies are talking a much closer look at their workflow and processes.
Workflow is all about rules. To change the game you first need to understand where you are today – meaning you need to understand your rules & your processes. Once you know what you’ve got you can make a realistic evaluation and decide what can be changed.
- What companies do you know that have great processes?
- Processes for: purchasing, returns, feedback, etc
- Have good processed helped these companies to compete and succeed?
- Could their processes be improved? How?
- Will you help them to change by commenting / critiquing?
What’s the greatest thing about processes? The greatest thing about processes is … that they can always be improved. This is why process improvement will never go away and it’s part of the reason why workflow is recession proof.
About The Author:
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.
Logos and Trademarks are the property of their respective owners