Process Improvement: The Daily Definition
What is process improvement?
Process improvement is a blanket term for any methods you or your business employ in order to add value to your operations. Taking measures to save time or money, reduce waste, or improve work and/or product quality are all examples of process improvement. Waste management is a common focus for process improvements.
Examples of process improvement abound at any given business that has managed to stay in business for more than a week. Something as simple as moving the packing station in your warehouse to reduce foot traffic counts. Switching from a paper-based ordering system to an electronic one is another example. So is barcoding your warehouse. We could go on.
Our two cents:
Creating better business processes is such a valuable skill set that you can take classes for it. Streamlining operations is always going to be an ongoing effort, but it’s well worth your time. Efficiency is the name of the game in today’s fast-paced business world.
Sometimes, though, it’s tough to recognize areas within your business that could be optimized or improved. Maybe you’re too close to the problem to see it clearly, or maybe you just aren’t aware of the possibilities. Either way, consider bringing in a third party experienced in evaluating business operations to diagnose your current processes.
At SalesPad, we call this exercise a Business Process Review, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. We send in one or more of process improvement experts to take a deep dive into your day-to-day operations, then provide you with a list of suggestions based on what we find. It’s like an insanely detailed physical at the doctor’s office. You might even know that you’re hurting, but trust us — we’ve seen it all, and we know how to make it better.