Business process mapping or process modeling is the practice of describing the processes present in an organization or enterprise. A process can be viewed as the practice of repeatedly transforming an input, through a set of defined value-adding activities, to achieve a refined output. There are multiple ways of mapping processes.
One of the most effective ways is, however, to visualize the flow from input to output. Outlining germane activities and resources, as well as necessary requirements and demands, illustrates the connection and interaction between objects affecting the flow. Other common terms for processes mapping and process modeling include flowcharts, process flowcharts, workflow chart, process flow diagram or business mapping.
The purpose and benefits of process mapping or modeling rest on six main pillars. Mapping and modeling are ways of communicating and encouraging increased collaboration by individuals with diverse insights into the activities of a process. Thus, process mapping or modeling stimulates the surfacing of different perspectives from separate parts of an organization. Mapping processes also exposes innovation and development opportunities to optimize business flows. Finally, process mapping facilitates ownership by creating an overview and sharing it across the organization, communizing knowledge, and insights.
With 2c8 Apps, you can visualize your business’ processes – from the overview down to the details. Visualize relations and correlations between different departments, processes and activities in an interactive interface. Together with co-workers, you can map during workshops which contributes to participation at the same time as you bring more perspectives to the table.