Your business system and the processes that come with it are your definite roadmap when it comes to the overall success of your business. Foregoing your processes is akin to sailing your ship with half-mast sails.
Sooner, rather than later, you will be sailing an already sinking ship, and it’s just a matter of time before you throw in the white towel and declare bankruptcy, or at the least, you still haven’t achieved the full potential of your business growth.
But if you muster your wits and give the necessary attention that your processes needs and start applying Business Process Model & Notation (BPMN) and get on with mapping and scaling your business, then success will be yours in a matter of months or years.
An article I have read a while back talks about how you can start your very own Business Process Model & Notation in a step-by-step tutorial.
Here is a short rundown of the article that you can read:
Creating the Canvas
When creating your BPMN, you need to also refer to your current business process documentation to map it out properly and create a concise legend for the set of actions to be taken.
Create lanes and pools. A pool can represent a single organization or a different process while lanes represent the individuals or teams that are involved in the process or part of that organization.
Creating pools actually differ and matter mostly on the taste of the person(s) who are mapping the process, while lanes do not strictly mean the people, it could be the position of the person involved in the particular process.
Understanding the notation
In a standardized BMPN, there are 4 basic elements/shapes involved that direct the action to be taken.
Square with round edges – refers to the ACTIVITY is performed within the BMPN. They are the tasks that are present in your checklists that need to be done.
Circle – refers to the resulting EVENT that takes place when a process is set in motion.
Diamond – referred to as the Gateway is used to control the divergence and convergence of the Sequence Flows in a Process. They are like logics or decisions that need to take place to continue the process.
Arrow – the flow of the process.
You can do a lot with your own BMPN to make in more comprehensive and serve its purpose.