If you look at the Wikipedia definition of a workflow, you’re probably going to get confused as I did:
“A workflow consists of an orchestrated and repeatable pattern of business activity enabled by the systematic organization of resources into processes that transform materials, provide services, or process information It can be depicted as a sequence of operations, declared as work of a person or group, an organization of staff, or one or more simple or complex mechanisms.”
Let’s put this simply…
Workflows are the way people get work done, and can be illustrated as series of steps that need to be completed sequentially in a diagram or checklist.
Think of it literally as work flowing from one stage to the next, whether that’s through a colleague, tool, or another process. You can execute a full workflow alone (like writing, editing and publishing a blog post), or it can involve multiple people (like invoicing a client).
In this Process Street article, we’ll be looking at:
- What is a workflow?
- Why should you spend time creating workflows?
- How to document workflows in your business
- How to supercharge your workflows (with Process Street Workflows!)
- Example workflows for inspiration
- Next steps: How to become a workflow pro