Process Maps and Process Mapping

Improve process transparency and efficiency with effective process maps

One of the first things you need when initiating a process improvement project is a process map. It’s the best way to get a clear picture of what it is exactly that everybody does.

Even the process mapping process itself is of value. As you stand in front of the group, trying to pull the details of each person’s tasks and responsibilities out of them, it may seem slow going at first. Usually, not every member of the team has an equal amount of buy-in to the whole concept of process improvement. Before long however, after a few people have spoken up and their comments converted to post-its on the whiteboard behind you, what seemed like a trickle of ideas can soon become a flood.

A process map is an excellent tool to detail workflow and identify areas where it will be possible to improve cycle times, efficiency and/or communication.

 

Process Mapping with yEd – Free Video Tutorial Course

yEd is a free and effective alternative to MS Visio. Visio is a great program for process mapping but it’s expensive and hard to learn.  If you want something that is just as good if not better than Visio, then you should be looking at yEd. You might not have...

Process Mapping Pitfalls And How To Avoid Them

The Pitfalls Of Process Mapping And How To Avoid Them Mapping is a crucial part of process improvement efforts. It looks easy but there are some pitfalls. In this video we look at what they are and how to avoid them. The most common process mapping error people make...

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