Optimizing Organizational Time through Automating Workflows

Put 410 work days back into your team’s time budget How does a team of 25 put 410 work days per year back into their team time budget? In an environment where even simple workflow automation has been carried out, team members will interact with workflow-driven tasks at least 10 times per day, and each interaction will save on average 3 minutes each interaction. 10 interactions x 3 minutes x 25 staff x 5 days = 63 hours per week x 52 weeks/8 hour working day = 410 work days Three minutes is not a lot of time in isolation,... Read More »

Applying Lean through Workflow Automation and Emergent Design

Large scale workflow automation deployments do pose significant challenges, leading to delay or abandonment of the strategy, but there is a viable alternative using Lean BPM’s Emergent Design Approach Workflow automation delivers significant business benefits, and it is not difficult to see these reflected in the bottom-line numbers, but there are challenges to implementation. The push for workflow automation has traditionally been coming from the vendor side, but increasingly we are seeing customers taking the lead and seeking to deliver innovative solutions for work management. A significant barrier to deployment of a workflow solution is time and cost, however where... Read More »

How Workflow Management can Increase Efficiency, Visibility & Productivity

Workflow management essentially deals with the automation of business processes, and the allocation of work across your staff in a way that allows you to optimize throughput of work tasks, i.e. workflow. Workflow management seeks to marry individual tasks which go to make up your business process, with the appropriate worker who is best situated to complete them. Once a task is completed, the work moves to the next step in the business process. Let’s take a look at an education example. When a potential student makes an application to a college, this is input into an electronic system. The... Read More »

Can A Project Workflow System Be Deployed Without Pain?

Project workflow systems allow businesses to streamline and optimize business processes, and they form a key component of Business Process Management (BPM) solutions. They are especially powerful when combined with effective, collaborative task management functionality and real-time visibility on workflows. Traditional project workflow solutions, particularly when they are part of a larger BPM solution, are notoriously expensive and frequently take a huge IT effort to deploy. Even with a relatively smooth deployment, there are frequently issues and a sense of failure to meet organizational expectations. Closer to the norm is a huge cost, frequently more than anticipated, deployment headaches, a... Read More »

Pros and Cons of Excel as a Task Tracking Tool

Is Excel robust enough to use as a tracking tool or do you need something stronger? The pros and cons of using Excel as a task tracking tool are explored in this article. Managing business workflow and task tracking is at the heart of professional project management, and there are a wide range of tools to help you. We are all familiar with PRINCE2, SCRUM and Waterfall terminology, but no matter what methodology you choose to follow, you will always come back to practically track tasks and workflow. The question is: can Excel handle the job? 8 Advantages of Using... Read More »