Today, organisations are looking increasingly at their businesses in terms of a series of inter-linked activities that we refer to as business processes. A business process can be defined as:
‘Any activity or group of activities that takes an input, adds value to it, and provides an output to an internal or external customer’.
This focus on the customer provides us with a means to assess the value of each step in the process by asking specifically to what extent each contributes to the final output, giving rise to questions such as, ‘Can we do this step in a quicker, cheaper or less resource-intensive way?’ and even, ‘Do we need this step at all?’
The likelihood is that you have been doing that, making small adjustments to each of your processes in response to changes in technology, materials, skills or customer requirements ever since the processes were first initiated. That’s evolution. However, unlike human evolution that has taken place over eons, processes evolve over a few years, if not months, and often in an unplanned or uncoordinated way.
It is this latter point that causes the problem. A change to one step in a working process can have unintended consequences for activities further along the chain, or in interfacing processes, ultimately leading to one or more processes becoming inefficient, ineffective and uneconomic to operate. It is for this reason that, from time to time, we need to take an ‘end-to-end’ view of each process to determine its overall:
This analytical approach provides the foundation for the business process improvement workshop.
This course provides participants with a systematic approach to business process improvement from identifying processes that need attention through to presenting proposals for approval. After working on a case study, participants have the opportunity to apply the techniques to one of their own processes.
By the end of the programme, you will be able to:
What is a Business Process?
Business Process Improvement
Mapping the Process
Collating and Analysing Data
Selecting Options for Change
Gaining Approval for your Plan
Applying the Learning