Kaizen, Lean and Six Sigma. All three are business improvement methodologies and all three owe their origins to improvement initiatives in the Japanese and American manufacturing industries of the 20th Century. However, although all three have similarities, each should be understood before any are applied.
If you want to make process maps that are actually useful, then you'll need to know how to capture your business processes accurately, and visualise that information correctly using a process map that is easy to understand and apply to your business. This is why I created a downloadable process mapping checklist - so you can check off the appropriate steps as you go and come out at the other end with an effective, accurate process map.
The importance of process mapping symbols can be difficult to comprehend when you're new to process mapping, but the impact of understanding a process map and the symbols used to assign value in each process step can completely change the way your organisation looks at business improvement.
Topics: Process Mapping
If you are looking to implement a continual improvement initiative, it is essential to understand what an 'As Is To Be' is and how it is crucial to successful process improvement. Put simply, if you want to improve a business process, you first have to know its current state (as is) and then you need to model the improved future state (to be). This is crucial to continual improvement because...
Let's talk Visio process mapping. especially for newcomers to the process improvement game, process mapping can be rather intimidating. However, it does not necessarily have to be that way. With the Triaster Process Navigator, a Business Process Management tool, it is possible to use the Microsoft Visio file format as its native file format - this means you can easily transfer your existing or future Visio process maps to a business process management system without any trouble at all and use the same tools you would find with Microsoft Visio process mapping.
Process mapping and cost to benefit value is an important aspect of any business but how do you measure process improvement? So many businesses fail to document their ‘as is’ process or consider their ‘to be’ method. In 2017, the UK was home to 5.7 million private sector businesses. When undertaking a project, every company’s goal is to see the best return on investment (ROI) and to do this a business needs to perform a cost benefit analysis (CBA).
Employee commitment and engagement is a massive priority for most organisations - with many trying to solve the problem by finding ways to motivate the employee or looking at the employee directly as the problem. As soon as you get two people performing the same task without a standard way of working and there is room for them to be doing it differently, there will be inconsistent working. This does not mean employee commitment is lacking; it could mean that your way of working is broken or there is no standard way of working (which leads to massive variations in efficiency).
Getting the implementation of an ERP system right is a complex project. Process Mapping is often used to help streamline this development and to ensure that the resulting Enterprise Resource Planning system supports the business, rather than the other way round.
To create a process map, one must capture the content of the process, and then transcribe that content onto a process mapping system.The focus of this article is squarely on providing 6 different process mapping techniques for capturing the content used to create a process map - this is how to document a process.
Topics: Process Mapping
Who uses process map software? People who want to improve their organisations - it's as simple as that. If you are seeking business improvement, it's important to remember that optimising what you already do can have a much larger business improvement influence than just about anything else. That's why process mapping is still the king of business improvement and ROI. So what is process mapping, who does it and why use it? Let's start from the beginning...