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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!

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The History of Surgical Checklists: How Processes Save Lives

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We talk a lot about business processes here on Process Street, but today we’re going to do things a little differently. Instead of waxing lyrical about business efficiency, I’m going to show how surgical checklists have evolved over history, and how they continue to save lives today.

From prehistoric humans poking each other with sticks and rocks, to the Ancient Greeks, the discovery of germs and antiseptics, up to modern day medical marvels, surgical procedures make a great case for why documented checklists are vital for continued success.

Not only that, but by looking at how major theoretical and technological breakthroughs have affected surgical checklists, we can better show why documenting and maintaining your processes isn’t as hard as you might think.

Alternatively, if you’re just interested in medical history, stick around for the ride – I’ll be making this interesting for all.

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12 Inspection Checklists to Maximize Safety in the Workplace

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In industries all across the globe there are countless people whose responsibility it is to preserve the safety of others.

This template pack is geared to make the lives of those people easier.

Our collection of Process Street inspection checklists make sure to cover inspections of all different varieties within a range of industries.

Some of our checklists are geared toward adherence with specific regulations while others are more generally purposed, promoting best practices.

Each checklist is built to be dynamic, interactive, and 100% editable.  All data entered into the checklists is stored in a table format within the template overview section to be reviewed later or exported.

Either select the checklist you wish to use from the list of quicklinks below, or scroll through the whole pack to read a little about each one.

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8 IT Security Processes to Protect and Manage Company Data

IT security templatesAccording to the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) more than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred every day since the beginning of 2016.

This represents a 300% increase on 2015.

Cybercrime is on the rise and it will continue. In May 2017 the British National Health Service was in crisis after an attack stole extensive patient data and held the NHS systems hostage.

However, this attack like many others was not just down to elite hackers breaking through technological walls. Like most attacks, the root cause was human error. The NHS had not updated its Windows XP after security patches stopped being released.

There was no process in place to keep the system secure.

That is why we have created this Process Street IT security processes pack to help you monitor and protect your organization’s important data.

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Every Free Estimate Template You Need (The 14 Best Templates)

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Bidding for jobs can be cutthroat.

Not only do you have to create an accurate estimate of how much everything will cost, but you have to do so as quickly as possible to have the best chance of securing the customer.

You don’t want to waste time filling out forms when you could be working, but any mistakes can severely damage your chances of getting the sale (if the estimate is too high) or even ruin your reputation (if the estimate is too low).

That’s why we here at Process Street have created and gathered these 14 free estimate templates.

Instead of having to create your own job estimate form, all you have to do is look through the templates below and see which one you like best. All serve the purpose of giving your clients a professional job estimate document, but allowing you to just fill in basic details instead of creating each document from the ground up.

Just head for one of the following sections and make your pick:

  • General free estimate templates
  • Microsoft Word job estimate templates
  • Microsoft Excel estimate templates
  • PDF estimate templates

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8 Logistics Management Processes to Perfect Your Supply Chain

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No matter what kind of business you’re in, if you have a supply chain then it’s vital that you have a system of logistics management processes to guide how that chain runs.

Without set, trackable methods for ordering and managing stock, fulfilling customer orders, inspecting your facilities and so on, you’re leaving the success of your business (and the level of waste) up to random human error.

One participant described a customer who used air freight for items that went into long-term inventory. Another recounted how individuals ordered 100 units of a product which they had not even used 30 units of in the previous year. Uncoordinated buying led to different groups in the same facility paying different prices for the same goods and ordering uneconomically small quantities.” – MIT Center for Transportation and LogisticsA Sickly Supply Chain

To stop this kind of inefficiency and needless waste, we here at Process Street have created these 8 free logistics management templates.

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8 Electrical Inspection Checklists to Keep Your Workspaces Safe

Electrical_Inspection_Checklist_headerAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics there were 32,000 dedicated electrical inspectors in the workforce in 2014.

That’s a good number of electrical inspectors and a great deal more electrical inspections!

Yet, much electrical inspection work is still being done with pen and paper, creating mountains of paperwork and making effective sharing of information difficult.

That’s why we’ve created this Process Street electrical inspection checklists process-pack.

We want to make sure the inspectors using our platform can make the most of the software to speed up their processes, record and compile information more easily, automatically generate reports, and ultimately keep making the world a safer space.
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7 Construction Templates to Improve Processes, Standards, and Client Relations

Construction_Template_Pack_Header-08Within the construction industry, the need to follow well-documented processes is high!

Maybe you need to use processes to make sure project management techniques are being followed correctly? Maybe you want to make sure all industry safety standards are being adhered to and followed as best as possible?

Or maybe you just want to make your clients as happy as possible and know that effective process management will achieve that end?

Whatever your reason for wanting to implement processes within your business, we’re pretty sure we can help.

This is why we’ve constructed this template pack to demonstrate the wide-ranging¬†potential of Process Street in dealing with and managing these use cases. From reporting to clients to guaranteeing safety on site, the automatic recording of results with the ease of reporting through our checklist structure will help boost your efficiency and let you hit your targets.

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7 Essential Design Processes & Checklists (UX, Web Design, Branding…)

7 Design Processes Checklists Design is one of those tricky areas of business which some people seem innately good at and others are terrible.

But effective design is crucial to business success.

Here are two key statistics from Adobe which demonstrate how vital design is for your business:

  • Design-driven companies have outperformed the S&P Index by 219% over 10 years
  • Companies that foster creativity enjoy 1.5x greater market share

In the modern digital arena, customers and users expect excellent design and usability more than ever. Poorly designed websites will put customers off or fail to convert those customers who see past the poor layout. Design thinking is business thinking.

Think of any marketing campaign you’ve run. The choice of the images, the font, the location of your call to action are all defined by thinking in terms of design.

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8 Example Processes to Guarantee Consistency in Your Business

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“Imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery” – Charles Caleb Colton

There’s nothing wrong with looking at example processes and learning from what they do – if anything it’s the best way to improve your own business practices.

Plus, after learning the basic and advanced features of Process Street from the first two chapters of our consultant’s guide, looking at how others use the app is a great way to see those features in action.

After all, anyone can run a customer support checklist, but we want to make even creating processes more efficient.

To get your own processes kickstarted, I’m going to highlight 8 example processes (with ready-to-use templates) to boost consistency and efficiency in your business with Process Street. These include:

  • Scheduling a recurring daily routine
  • Tracking your employee onboarding
  • Surveying your email list or clients
  • Automatically managing customer data in Salesforce

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