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9 Benefits of Business Process Management (BPM) and Why You’ll Love It

benefits of bpm business process managementThis is a guest post from Pauline Farris, a translator who speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish and Italian. She travelled the world to immerse herself in new cultures and learn languages. Today she is proud to be a voting member of the American Translators Association and an active participant of the Leadership Council of its Portuguese Language Division.

The world of business is changing fast and there’s no time for hesitation.

In every domain, competition is getting strong and the market is getting less tolerant of mistakes. This is why more and more companies worldwide are embracing Business Process Management (BPM).

BPM is a management system which aims at improving a company’s overall performance through optimization of important business processes, appropriate management, and maintaining those changes which have been made.

The BPM market is expected to grow to approximately USD $16 billion by 2023, with a 14% CAGR between 2017 and 2023 (Business Process Management Market Research Report).

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This shows that companies on a global level have recognized the need for improvement, development, and change.

Can business process management help your organization achieve its goals? It’s time to take a deeper look. Here is an exploration of the main benefits of adopting BPM and the reason why the BPM market is thriving worldwide.

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What is BPM Software? The Best Business Process Management Software (BPMS)

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This is a big blog post about Business Process Management software (BPMS).

If I’ve succeeded in doing what I set out to do, this article should provide pretty much everything you could ever need to know about BPM software.

At its core, the article is built around the following pillars of BPM software:

I have tried to distil the information in this article to only the most crucial elements, and many sections have been abbreviated where they deserve entire articles to themselves!

Thankfully, where necessary I have provided links to supporting material where these concepts are expanded upon, should you be interested in delving deeper.

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The Complete Guide to Business Process Management is Here!

Processes aren’t just paper inside folders full of useless information no one looks at. They’re the blueprint for how your business works on a day-to-day level.

How do you create reports? How do you check in with your team? How do you conduct and record your meetings?

The answer any efficient business will give you is that you use a process.

We’re well aware that the most dominant literature on business process management is extremely boring and un-actionable — reading guides on BPM is the equivalent of opting to take a tranquilizer.

So why, when processes are so important, hasn’t anyone ever put together a clear guide for businesses of any size?

That’s what we thought, and that’s why we’re publishing this 112-page ebook.

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Without processes, your business is a ticking time bomb, prone to error and impossible to scale.

Companies that implement processes have a 280% higher success rate on their projects (95%) versus those that don’t (25%).

On a day-to-day level, you can use processes to:

  • Record the one best way to do work, making it faster and cheaper to train new hires
  • Stop making mistakes because of human error and oversight
  • Reduce operating costs by rocketing efficiency
  • Build scalable systems that help your business stop dealing with urgent work, and focus on growth

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Learn why processes are essential

Processes protect your business from failure. If you don’t measure what’s working and what isn’t, you can’t make any informed changes. You can stab in the dark, but you might never find out why what you’re doing does or doesn’t work.

Processes also act as the blueprint for your business to scale. Sharing detailed and comprehensive knowledge with new and existing employees is the only sure-fire way to keep your business running properly without wasting time on training, missing deadlines, or simply forgetting how to do things.

There are plenty of studies on why processes are effective, and some post-mortems from history’s greatest failures that show how errors can be easily avoided by systemizing tasks.

  • Surgeon, writer and public health researcher Atul Gawande found that implementing a checklist in the operating theatre. 78% of staff actually observed the checklist to have prevented an error in the operating room, and 80% said the checklist was easy to use and improved the safety of care.
  • Disasters such as Chernobyl and the Challenger shuttle could have been avoided if the people involved with these organizations had implemented and enforced processes. In short, all human error incidents are a result of not following the proper process.
  • Zenefits is living proof that your business will go off the rails without the right processes in place. While they saw explosive growth, their operation was unsustainable and eventually came crashing down — an embarrassing, devastating failure.

Time and time again, it’s been proven that documented and enforced processes are vital if your business is going to do anything but fail.

But where do you start? Start with our business process management guide.

Learn how to create processes

There’s a right way to create a process, and there’s a ton of wrong ways.

George Boorman, the man responsible for Boeing’s watertight pilot process, sums it up nicely:

“Bad checklists are vague and imprecise. Good checklists are, above all, practical.”

That’s the high-level overview, but in the business process management guide, I give you the step-by-step process you’ll need to create processes for anything from scratch.

Processes don’t need to be complex, and, depending on their exact purpose, they don’t need to be 100% comprehensive. They can be fully automated, semi-automated, or fully manual — the important thing is, they exist and are accessible by the people who need them. That’s the only way to reduce human error and lower the rate that your team forgets to do their work or vital steps in their workflows.

In the guide, I teach you how to create the processes you know your business needs. It contains step-by-step instructions for every level, from basic to advanced.

Learn how to map and optimize your current processes

The only way you can be sure you’re running the most optimal process is if you fully understand how it works at every stage. When you hire a process consultant, they’ll come in and interview your team about how they get work done. Then, they’ll map the existing process and work with the team to optimize it. That means smashing bottlenecks by cutting out useless reviews and approvals, minimizing the amount of paper (or data) moving from place to place, and automating as much as possible.

Processes are the kinds of things that sound complex but are actually just a necessary step

This guide — written by analyzing best practices from process experts — will teach you how to do it without hiring an expensive consultant.

Now you can use techniques that are usually the reserve of big businesses that can afford the high price tag.

Learn how to outsource your processes

One of the major benefits of having a documented process is that you can outsource it without much friction. That helps your business scale because you’ve already worked out the most efficient way to do the task.

Another way to approach outsourcing is to hire a company to handle one entire side of your business. Some companies hire IT service providers or bookkeepers as an alternative to hiring a specialist in-house. To use an example from the world of corporations, IBM handles all things IT for Coca Cola. To use an example from Process Street, we hire an agency that recruits virtual assistants and handles their payroll. That means we don’t need to hire a recruiter or an accountant for a big chunk of our staff.

This ebook contains step-by-step guides to getting your processes ready to outsource in house, and ideas of what you could save money on by hiring agencies.

Learn what to do when your processes fail

Sometimes you have to rip everything up and start again. The corporate term for that is business process reengineering (BPR). Almost every business has had to make major changes to their operations at some point, whether it’s Ford, Google, Taco Bell, or countless smaller businesses that haven’t had case studies written on them.

One example might be moving from paper to a centralized company database. Enterprise Engineering Institute describe the improved process:

“In the new situation the buyer registers an order in an online database. The buyer no longer sends a copy of the purchasing order form to the creditor administration. When the goods arrive at the store, the storekeeper checks in the database whether the received goods correspond to the purchasing order form.”

Drawing from every case study on we could get our hands on, this ebook contains numerous examples of how real businesses have impacted their bottom line by changing their processes.

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Everything you need to start documenting, mapping, and optimizing your processes condensed into one handy book.

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What is Business Process Management? A Really Simple Introduction

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If there ever was a three-word phrase that sounded dull enough to be a sedative, it’s business process management. 

It’s probably the vagueness that’s so off-putting. Which process? Managed how? Who’s business? In the last chapter, I went deep into what a process is and then why processes are important. I’ll recap so you don’t have to skip around.

A process is “a collection of interrelated work tasks initiated in response to an event that achieves a specific result”.

But what happens if that process isn’t achieving the result, or if it’s not achieving it very effectively? Every business has goals, but the interesting part — and what business process management actually is — is the exact steps a business will take to achieve those goals.

These goals could be anything from sending a newsletter on time every week to hitting $1,000,000 in revenue. Whatever the goals, your business processes are the roadmap for getting there. Not so boring, right?

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4 General Problems with Business Process Management

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While business process management is an excellent way for you to keep your business organized and running efficiently, there are problems that you may encounter along the way. It’s important to recognize what can occur so you can create an environment that prevents them from happening. Here a few general problems you may encounter and a few possible ways to counter them:

Business Process Management does not Solve the Problem

Remember, Business Process Management is not the solution but rather a tool to assist in solving problems such as an employee forgetting to follow-up with a client after a product or service has been delivered. Use BPM as the system that it was meant to be. If the employee uses the system and follows each step every time, he should get accustomed to the system and commit fewer errors, such as not following up with a client.

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Process Management Explained: How to Combat Poor Processes in Your Business

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Silicon Valley darling and unicorn health insurance startup Zenefits lost over 50% of its value through 2016.

Why? Poor process management.

Process management might not sound thrilling, but it’s damn important.

Process management refers to how all the different systems within your business link up together to form a coherent whole.

If they don’t link up, they won’t make sense.

And if your business doesn’t make sense… well, you get the stretched metaphor. It’s not good.

Before we dive into what process management is and how it functions, let’s take a look at the high-profile example of poor process management in action.

That’s right, I’m talking about the cautionary tale of Zenefits!

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The Secret to Unblocking Your Business Bottlenecks

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If your processes are designed and run properly, you likely shouldn’t have any delays. 

But what if the great processes that you’ve constructed to the nines are still delivering delayed outputs? Did you miss something? Is the process simply not good enough? 

NO. 

If your processes are good, there could be another reason for delays. The answer: Bottlenecks. 

Think of your processes as a sunny day at the beach. You’ve come prepared with sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, snacks, an umbrella, and tons of water. But in the middle of your beach day, you run out of the water screaming with a jellyfish attached to your leg. 

The jellyfish is the bottleneck, and trust me, it stings just as bad for your business when one of those babies wraps itself around your company processes

The only difference is you can’t plan for the jellyfish. You can plan for bottlenecks with an effective process management strategy

Here’s how: 

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Employee Motivation 101: 5 HR Tips for Management

Anna Mazur
September 23, 2022
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Employee motivation is a complex thing and something most HR professionals have struggled with at some point. 

If you’re wondering how to increase employee satisfaction, productivity, and, in turn, business outcomes, you’re not alone.

Psychologists have long debated this topic, and their findings provide a gateway to effective employee management.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the psychology behind employee motivation and dive into the solutions that will make your employees thrive.

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Process Reengineering vs Continuous Improvement: What’s the Right Choice for You?

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Companies need to undergo change all the time. But when do slight improvements need to be made and when is radical change a necessity? That’s where process reengineering and continuous improvement come into play. 

Each is vital to the success of a company but can’t be used to handle the same set of changes. Optimizing your business operations means knowing when to make continuous improvements and when to use process reengineering efforts. 

So, when’s the right time to use what?  

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5 Continuous Improvement Tools for Process Success

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Continuous improvement tools are essential.

They’re a means of increasing productivity while eliminating errors. And they’re closely associated with lean manufacturing, particularly in streamlining processes. Every process should be continuously improved, especially in a world where checking email alone costs us 1000 hours every year.

I once used a continuous improvement tool to transform my skill level in meditation. I was amazed at how quickly a process could be made leaner and more agile. If your organization has been wondering which continuous improvement tool to use, Process Street has written this guide with you in mind.

Here’s how to transform your process for success with continuous improvement tools:

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