Albert Einstein said that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome is the true definition of insanity.
Ok, so maybe Einstein wasn’t specifically talking about the industrial world.
But his “other theory,” does apply to business.
AND you continue to do it hoping to see a significant rate of return on your investment — not only might it be a bit crazy, it’s just not profitable.
Think about which processes are being used every day in your company for work to flow from start to finish, in the hope of yielding huge profits. As a key decision-maker in a company, you need to find the workflow process duplications and overall inefficiencies.
If Einstein were a businessman, he probably would have defined another theory of relativity:
Don’t let this equation be the sum of your business’ value!
Einstein’s theory states the underlying reasons for why workflow software is important for any organisation. Many of the core benefits have been previously discussed in the post 10 Benefits of Workflow. So if you’re not already using workflow software and are considering it, then it’s probably the right time to seriously start looking into it.
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A few more quotes before I get back to actually writing my blog. These ones come from two of my favorite films.
All he’d wanted were the same answers the rest of us want. Where did I come from? Where am I going? How long have I got?
Stanislavsky said the actor should constantly ask himself as a character: “Who am I? Why am I here? Where do I come from? And where am I going?”
-My Dinner with Andre
These top two quotes are essentially the same. How do you relate them to workflow. Well I think for every user or character within a workflow system they need to easily see within a processes: where they are, how did they get there, what they are suppose to do, what is going to happen next and how long do they have to complete the step.
And if you’re just operating by habit, then you’re not really living. I mean, you know, in Sanskrit the root of the verb “to be” is the same as the verb “to grow” or “to make grow.”
-My Dinner with Andre
This quote seems to get at the heart of what empowers workflow management systems or BPMS. That is the notion of continual improvement or continual growth. It also implies that if you cease to grow you cease to be. So many people working in systems today are really just operating by habit, without a thought of how could this process be easier. It is not their fault they are just not exposed to something that allows them an overall view of what they are doing so they can make suggestions or changes.
Again I am taking some quotes and applying them in the context of workflow.
“The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed –
it is a process of elimination.”
– Elbert Hubbard
I like this quote and it is in essence what process reengineering is all about.
Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
Although perhaps not immediately apparent this is a key benefit inherent in workflow systems. That one initial person or team can create something but that it can be improved upon by others.