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Business process mapping is a lean management strategy that seeks to understand and eliminate sources of waste. Companies often rely on many processes to provide value to customers; by mapping how these processes work, firms can identify which activities add value and which activities cause friction in the process, making it less efficient. While most common in manufacturing, business process mapping can apply to virtually any industry.
Managers must understand how their company operates at all levels. Business process mapping is an essential tool that demonstrates how internal activities are performed.
There are many types of business process maps that companies can use to support compliance, onboarding employees, completing internal audits, and improving operations. The type of map and frequency of examination often depend on the company completing it and the rationale for completion. Larger, complex firms may complete multiple forms of business process mapping on a recurring basis, while smaller firms may complete a mapping project with a few specific questions in mind. The tool provides considerable flexibility, which is why it’s so popular among proactive, forward-looking businesses.
Business process mapping often seeks to illustrate how organizations achieve success. It formalizes the series of activities performed to take raw inputs (including human talent) to develop a product or service that generates revenue. It is a tool often used in lean manufacturing to allow management to see where inefficiencies occur, then develop a plan to reduce or eliminate these efficiencies. They can also show the most critical steps of a process and help promote the success of these value-adding activities.
Business process modelling is a slightly different concept, although the two terms are often used interchangeably. “Modelling” is often based on mapping and typically suggests the optimal process to achieve intended results. Modelling is the core focus of many innovative software programs that can predict bottlenecks and help management re-structure activities to provide the most ideal way to achieve intended outcomes.
Depending on the type of organization completing a business process mapping project, the reasons for completing an analysis can vary. Usually it’s to promote lean operations through identifying areas where activities are unnecessary or prevent the streamlined flow of resources. Generally, its main benefits include:
Although developing an actionable business process map can seem challenging, it can effectively be simplified into five stages:
If your Canadian company will complete business process planning activities, there’s funding and other supports that can help. If your team has the internal capacity and expertise to perform these types of projects internally, the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) can offset technical employee salaries by up to 80% for time spent on mapping. If your organization lacks the internal expertise to perform process mapping projects, IRAP also covers up to 50-65% of technical subcontractor costs.
Mentor Works can optimize your business’ IRAP application process by meeting with your team to understand the project, then developing a competitive grant application on your behalf. Not only does this support accessing funding for your business mapping project, but we can also identify and help access other types of funding, such as grants and loans for business expansion, technology adoption, and export marketing projects.
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