Process and procedure complexity

People are at the heart of any organization. They set the organization’s goals, they manage it, they deal with suppliers and customers and they work together to produce results.

We manage this by processes. Process are on a continuum by how complicated and complex they are. Simpler jobs can be reliably done by following procedure. More complex ones require the ability to analyze a situation – using established rules – and decide which of several alternative paths to follow. In even more complex cases they analyze, diagnose, design, redesign, program, plan or schedule. In some cases, they create new products, processes and new ways of being. Very complex jobs require individuals who can analyze and solve very complex problems.

These complex, knowledge driven processes get difficult to provide as work-as-prescribed. The work involves thought and creativity, and finding the right balance is a continual balancing act of knowledge management.

4 thoughts on “Process and procedure complexity

  1. Great read, Jeremiah. I wanted to add (this may be stating the obvious) that human error also increases the closer to very complex on the scale you get. Also, humans make between 1-15 mistakes per hour (depending on the system), and when a procedure doesn’t match the exact reality of the task, the likelihood of an error is increased by a factor of eight! Taking time to understand the work is definitely worth it when writing a procedure.

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