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How TechMD Use Process Street to Manage All Their Recurring Processes

How-TechMD-Use-Process-Street-to-Manage-All-Their-Recurring-ProcessesTechMD is an award-winning IT solutions firm specializing in strategic consulting and managed services. To help TechMD manage cybersecurity operations and client workloads, the company turned to Process Street to facilitate the necessary process management efforts.

We spoke with¬†company President Sebastian Igreti about TechMD’s experience of Process Street.

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What is the Best Email App for iPhone? 13 Apps Battle it Out

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In our increasingly mobile-first world, we’ve come to rely on getting business done on the phone much more than ever before.

The difficulties of efficiently managing email on a smartphone has likely been a major factor for the rise in team communication software like Slack.

However, it doesn’t need to be this way. And we can’t let it be this way.

That’s why this Process Street article is dedicated to exploring the different email apps for iPhone in order to find which ones have which strengths, and to crown an overall winner.

The apps will be judged primarily on how well they achieve their intended aims, with depth of features and ease of use affecting their scores from that base. I’m going to try not to consider price while calculating a score, but I will mention pricing where relevant.

You can check out the quick overview of scores below and the full breakdowns app by app through the rest of the article.

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8 Nintex Alternatives to Systemize Your Workflows Better This Year

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Those of us in the workflow game know Nintex is one of the big tools available on the market.

Their advanced software is great for plotting out complex workflows, running intricate automations, and integrating tightly and natively with other large corporate tools.

But that’s what it is: corporate.

It’s heavy and less agile than many of its competitors, with a restrictive price tag which puts it squarely into the enterprise market.

The Nintex light-version, which comes in at a more reasonable price point, simply doesn’t compete with the other tools that target the small-to-medium business space. It has less features and less functionality than many of the newer and more innovative up-and-comers.

In this Process Street article, we’re going to tackle that niche. What are better examples of workflow software for a small to medium sized enterprise, without missing out on complex functionality?

Let’s take a look.

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Production Systems: Why Tesla’s Gigafactory is Musk’s Most Ambitious Project Yet

production systems headerAfter Elon Musk’s successes sending Falcon Heavy into space with his Roadster attached, the fanfare around his achievements has reached new highs.

But not everything is rosy for Musk.

Tesla is struggling. It’s not hitting its production targets for the Model 3, and this is not for the first time.

The goal for Tesla has been to hit 5,000 units per week and though Musk is confident of reaching that figure the Model 3 production has been mired by continually failing to meet demand.

It’s not enough just to have a good product, you also need to have high performing production systems in place to take that product effectively to market.

In this Process Street article, we’ll tackle the machine which builds the machine and we’re going to look at:

  • What a production system is and what a good one looks like
  • The production system of the future and how Elon Musk wants to build it
  • Why a production system isn’t just for manufacturing
  • How you can build production systems for your business
  • Why Tesla’s Gigafactory is Musk’s most ambitious project yet

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How to Conduct an Interview: A Full Hiring Process With 11 Premade Interview Processes

how to conduct an interview headerWhen it comes to hiring staff you’ll go through multiple important stages to vet the candidates and make sure you choose the right one.

For many managers, the interview is the most important step.

The interview allows you to ask questions and interact with the other person; verify their claims, test their knowledge, and start to figure out whether you would be happy working with them in future. This allows you to go beyond simply the information on a CV.

As Ray Dalio, founder and CEO of Bridgewater Associates, phrased it:

Weigh values and abilities more heavily than skills in deciding whom to hire.

Knowing about the human sat in front of you is crucial to a successful hire.

In this article, we’re going to give you a selection of Process Street templates which should help the whole process run smoothly:

  • Key tips on how to conduct an interview
  • 5 interview processes with questions
  • How to connect a job application form to Zapier to automate your hiring
  • 5 hiring processes to cover everything else

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How Does a Franchise Work? Uncover The Secret Sauce of an American Franchise Giant

how does a franchise work headerThe franchise model of doing business is a decidedly American affair.

The concept marries the power and scale efficiencies of large corporate bodies with the entrepreneurialism and hard work of mom-and-pop small business.

According to the United States International Trade Association:

there are over 780,000 franchise businesses that directly employ over 8.8 million people and account for over $890 billion in direct economic output.

The franchise model is one of the powerhouses of the US economy and features countless household names – McDonald’s being one of its truly global successes.

In this Process Street article, we’ll look at:

  • What a franchise is, and the costs associated with starting one
  • What the 2016 film The Founder tells us about the origin story of McDonald’s
  • The role the Founding Fathers played in the history of franchises
  • What systems McDonald’s used to propel their franchised successes

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What You Can Learn from Salesforce to Hit Your Sales Goals This Year

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Some people seem like naturals when it comes to sales. Their smooth talking and deep product knowledge entices customers and makes them feel warm and fuzzy inside.

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A high performing sales person is a huge asset to a company, and they’re often paid very well as a reward!

  • Maybe you want to start a new business and need to jump into the sales role to get your fledgling startup off the ground?
  • Maybe you want to build a sales team to crush sales goals while you focus on your specialty?
  • Or maybe you just want to get into sales as a career and need to know how to get up to speed fast?

Well, in this Process Street article we’ll cover solutions to each of these conundrums. We’ll look at:

  1. How Salesforce hit their sales goals
  2. 10 top tips the sales experts have for a beginner
  3. How CEO Steli Efti builds outbound sales teams
  4. What steps you need to take to build sales processes (with a load of premade templates to help you get started!)

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” – Legendary sales guru, Zig Ziglar.

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How Were The Pyramids Built? Inside The World’s First Documented Processes

How were the pyramids builtWe talk a lot about processes here at Process Street and we try to give insight into not only how to make current processes better but also into how processes have evolved over time and why.

We’ve looked at case studies, poor processes, optimized processes, and technical guides to business process management.

But we’re no stranger to going back in time to explore the development of processes and where they came from. In this article, we’re going to follow up on the theme established in our post on surgical processes and look at processes and organizational systems in history.

This is the story of ancient Egypt.

The Great Pyramid is considered one of the wonders of the world. But how did it come to be?

We’ll look at a number of the classic discussions surrounding the construction of the pyramids, but focus on how a society which existed nearly 5000 years ago was able to construct some of the greatest and most iconic monuments known to humankind.

We’ll explore:

  • What was the Great Pyramid and how was it built?
  • Who built the Great Pyramid and what was labor like throughout the period of construction?
  • How were things organized in ancient Egypt?; Or, how to count from one to ten.
  • What do we know about trade in ancient Egypt?
  • Who were the scribes and why were they important?

Ancient Egypt is one of the first civilized societies for which we have an understanding of their perceptions of organization and management.

Spoiler alert: they used checklists!

Let’s dive in!

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How Does a Hedge Fund Work? Inside the Processes at Bridgewater Associates

How Does a Hedge Fund Work_ Inside the Processes at Bridgewater Associates-04Processes can be used to optimize the things you do every day, and we spend most of our time telling you that!

But where do these processes come from? Really.

Maybe you just documented your steps one day and built from there? In which case, the process evolved naturally from the actions you took intuitively. When I add big words into that description I can make it sound like a good thing. But it could be put another way.

You never took the time to think about the foundations of your process.

At the very base of all processes are a series of said and unsaid principles. In good processes and bad processes. If we want the best processes we can make, we need to understand and critically evaluate the principles which knowingly or unknowingly guide our every decision.

Ray Dalio’s text, Principles,¬†answers the question “how does a hedge fund work?” and gives us an insight into how he built the world’s largest one, Bridgewater Associates.

Bridgewater manages $160 billion worth of assets for 350 different clients. These clients range from large corporate bodies like McDonald’s to pension and wealth funds, and even to the assets of central banks. The whole company has been built around cultivating a radical company culture, and it is this radical company culture which makes Bridgewater Associates so successful and worth investigating!

In this Process Street article, we’re going to present to you a number of the ideas contained within the book and we’re going to pull out three specific company processes Dalio has developed on the back of these principles:

But be warned: it’s likely a radical break from your office!

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Create a Form That’s Beautiful: Typeform vs SurveyMonkey vs Wufoo

create a form typeform vs surveymonkey vs wufooThere are countless options available to help you create a form for your website or email campaign.

But you don’t need to go through a list of 29 different options of tools which do almost exactly the same thing.

What you want is to see the best tools for building forms which work and are enjoyable for your users or respondents to use.

That’s why we at Process Street have decided to analyze our 3 favorite form builders to understand exactly what their strengths and weaknesses are, and what use cases they’re best suited to.

Many of our users utilize Process Street for building forms for collecting customer data, consumer feedback, or undertaking market research, so we’ve heard a great deal about what businesses are looking for from form builders and survey tools!

We’ll look at 6 categories by which will compare Typeform, Surveymonkey, and Wufoo to crown the best survey tool:

  1. Design
  2. Ease of use
  3. Features
  4. Delivery
  5. Reporting
  6. Price

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