Process Pressure is a process management variable that determines an amount of impact to a certain process by identifying factors that positively or negatively affect the process and define the process’s current state. This variable shows how much the process is feasible at any given point in time and what determinants affect process performance and in what manner (either positively or adversely).
Any process environment includes a combination of legal, economic, physical and technical factors that cause a pressure amount to business processes. There are three major types of process pressure:
- Administrative. This kind of process pressure determines an amount of impact to a process caused by decision making. For example: a project manager decides on engaging more resources in doing project activities.
- Legal. Legal impact to a process characterizes an amount of pressure that makes the process aligned with current organizational rules and requirements. For example: an organization’s senior management stipulates new working requirements for full-time employees.
- Technological. Technology makes processes feasible and effective. In case there is lack of necessary technological solutions, a process gets under pressure that potentially causes process breaks and faults. For example: lack of computerized monitoring systems reduces quality of the manufacturing process.