Process Path is a progress of a process, or what was done within a process so far (at current moment of time). In other words it is a sequence of process steps and results which have been covered up to the moment (let’s say 60% of some process has been completed).
Process path is what can be traced back to define some errors done on this path: this is a way to identify any problems in process performance, including those which are related to hidden defects in a process design or to mismanagements in activities of process participants. Sometimes, when the current results (reasoned by specifics of the current turn of process execution) are not sufficient, it can be helpful to follow back by the process path to investigate and discover what was done wrong, so the process can be rolled back to that point and redone.
Process path is fixated for needs of the managers with a help of special methods, such as software-based monitoring and process logbooks (or other documentation) which capture:
- activities of the process executers or technological parameters of equipment;
- process adjustment decisions and process responses (outcomes);
- customer and executer feedbacks;
- regular performance reporting and systematic observations;