Process Streamlining is an attempt to improve the efficiency of a certain process through simplifying or eliminating unnecessary procedures and steps involved in this process. It is an improvement approach that determines process efficiency through optimizing qualitative (complexity, adaptability, quality, etc.) and quantitative (duration, cost, output, etc.) parameters of the process.
Streamlining involves a range of activities that aim to analyze, revise, and improve a process. These activities are:
- Map the process: creating an activity flow diagram that shows the process’s content in detail
- Define process steps: adding arrows to the diagram to depict individual steps and determine how they relate to each other
- Identify areas for improvement: analyzing process steps and their dependencies to find redundant steps or places when the process can be automated or reduced
- Apply improvements: removing redundant steps and automating the process to create a new design of the process
- Calculate process efficiency: performing calculations on qualitative and quantitative parameters of the process to figure out of the new design is efficient.