BPMN process examples
Using the examples below, we’ll hold an online demonstration of the process you’ve chosen.
What is a process?
A process can be defined as a sequence of actions to be performed in a certain order in order to obtain a specific result.
One of the first definitions of the term “process” was coined in 1776 by Adam Smith, a Scottish economist. He details an example of a business process implemented in a pin factory. His idea is to break down pin manufacturing into smaller steps.
“One man draws out the wire, another straights it, a third cuts it, a fourth points it, a fifth grinds it at the top for receiving the head; to make the head requires two or three distinct operations; to put it on, is a peculiar business, to whiten the pins is another; it is even a trade by itself to put them into the paper; and the important business of making a pin is, in this manner, divided into about eighteen distinct operations, which, in some manufactories, are all performed by distinct hands.”
From this sample process, Smith realized that by creating a process and assigning the steps to unique specialists, productivity increased by more than 20,000%.
A single worker can perform an end-to-end pin manufacturing process alone, but assigning tasks to different people who are specialized is 200 times more efficient.
Years later, Henry Ford applied this process example to the Model T manufacturing plant. With this new approach, Ford reduced assembly time from 12 hours and 30 minutes to just 2 hours.
Since then, these process examples have revolutionized industries and different organizational methods. Today, the various processes are divided into three categories: management processes, operational processes and support processes.
Continuous improvement and risk management
This process is designed to improve products and services to ensure the effective operation of the company. It also helps to identify and benefit from development opportunities.
Purchase request management
This process covers the steps required to process purchase requests. Your employees have access to a pre-formatted form based on your needs to formalize all requests.
This process is used to manage all invoices simply. This helps to avoid unpaid, delayed and double-billed charges.
This process aims to ensure the quality of the documents that are available and used. It includes validation by two experts.
With a training management process, managers ensure both the proper training of their teams and optimal levels of productivity.