Organization has been one of the key factors in business successes for millennia; this is why subjects such as business process management made their way into various college class curriculum. And well thought out, strategic workflows are being placed into companies growing from very small to large. But the journey into productivity never ends! The next step in this never-ending search for optimum organization is the workflow app.
Strategic management and Innovation
By nature, humans have always gone down the path of least resistance. We’ve all felt the looming cloud around us saying “stop procrastinating“, and yet, we give into its will so easily, thinking to ourselves ‘’I have time to do that another day’’ Nowadays distractions are louder, and easier to access than ever.
William Ellery Channing said, “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” Conflict rears its head all the time, and how it is managed can save, destroy, or even enrich relationships whether personal or professional. We’ve all had conflict in the workplace before and it caused us to have negative outlooks on our co-workers, managers, or even place of employment. Conflict management is the practice of reading problems amongst co-workers in a balanced way through effective communication and creative problem solving.
Companies, big and small, are always on the search for ways to get their businesses into metaphorical Olympic swimmer shape. A lot of blog gurus talk about getting your business to be the most productive it can be through hacks, tips, advice, stretching your legs every ten minutes… we’ve all read the posts. Today let’s go back to the textbooks and talk about one of the original hacks, the business process management (BPM).
Through our lives both professionally and personal we constantly run into little hiccups that we did not see coming. Maybe you put off paying those toll tickets and years later, you get a letter in the mail for over a thousand dollars! Yikes! Alternatively, lets take a look at the IBM Mega Disaster when in 2007 they estimated they could come up with an application for Queensland’s health department to be complete by 2008 for 6 million dollars. But due to unforeseen problems the project ended up taking several years and costing 1.2 billion dollars. An enormous strike to the Queensland. This headache could have all been avoided had Queensland asked themselves What is risk management? before jumping into such a large project hole with IBM.
As time goes by and technological capabilities increase, the way we work and exchange information change. In the past to get information for one place to another, many more steps were needed to even begin. All documents and reports needed to be tediously created by hand, delivered by hand, discussed face to face, and presented in front of a physical crowd. Each time managers sent employees out to work in other states or even countries a certain amount of uncertainty was involved because at times the manager wasn’t even sure what to expect, much less the team member. It’s not easy to manage virtual teams, you know?
Data is passing us all the time in our personal lives, and in our day-to-day at work. Even as you are reading this, there is data being created, it’s everywhere. In the past there was no reasonable way to collect this data which caused, and in some cases, still causes many companies to react to situations created by ill-controlled big data, rather than using data analysis to foresee and prevent situations.
We can say that there are two war cries when the argument is about the necessity of meetings. On one hand, the argument is: Meetings are venomous. On the other hand, the rebuttal is: The venom is the lack of focus of who conducts the meeting. Not to mention, of course, those who silently conform that: Meetings are a necessary evil. No matter what side you pick, one thing is for sure… Effective Meetings are hard to come by.
We all want to save money, who doesn’t? It makes us feel so good on the inside. However, sometimes the best way to save money isn’t to cut costs, but rather, how your costs are managed. There are so many books and posts written about how to not lose money – like this one from Inc. However, no one really talks of the future of cost management and new forms of it.