29 Nov Establishing Workflow Practices In Your Business With Custom Software
A workflow consists of an orchestrated and repeatable pattern of business activity enabled by the systematic organization of resources into processes that transform materials, provide services, or process information (Wikipedia).
Now that’s a definition of utopia for your business! However many businesses do not take the steps necessary to establish the workflow practices that will optimize their profits.
How about you and your business?
Here are some high level thoughts to get you focused on the right strategy.
Take a Business-wide Approach
Look at and examine all the steps and milestones in your business that delivers your finished product to your client. Standardize the workflow process so that all employees can easily access a project, know the steps to completion and can easily collaborate and communicate through each step to completion.
Start from the Shallow End First
While examining and identifying the steps and milestones don’t get too deep. Start with identifying the point of entry and point of delivery for every product/service that you wish to track. Only use the high-level milestones for tracking the project through your business. Identifying and tracking the milestones should not create more burden for you or your employees.
Want Success? So Do Your Employees… Use Them to Help!
Your employees are your greatest resources. When identifying the steps and milestones of your business workflow, get their input. They live daily accomplishing the steps that lead to your finished product. If they buy-in to the process and acknowledge the key milestones and steps, the workflow process will be successful.
Keep Looking Back Before Moving Forward
After living with the workflow process for period of time, say 6 months, take time to evaluate its effectiveness. You may find, or your employees may realize, that steps need to be added or removed. Don’t be afraid to make the changes.
Stay Open to New Ways to Improve Along the Way
As your business grows and workflow products mature, be open to integrating with new products, such as custom software, or other applications to increase your productivity and efficiency.
Partnering with a company that can facilitate this often can be valuable. Many times, because of their fresh perspective, they can see things in your business you can’t.
Inverse Square has helped many companies establish and automate workflow processes in their business. Contact us today for a fresh perspective and a free consultation!Request a Consultation