Business Process Management Life Cycle: The 5 Stages

by Alex Mansour

4 months ago · 3 min read

If your business isn’t already mapping and automating its processes, then you should start as soon as possible. This simply because the business process management life cycle has many stages and it won’t be a month’s work. 

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Through a systematic business process management approach, you can go through each stage at the right time. To maximize the outcomes of optimization and the benefits of BPM for your business. 

In this blog, we are sharing the business process management lifecycle stages from design to optimization. 

Design

The first stage of your business processes management lifecycle should be the design. Designing your processes from the ground up with efficiency in mind, or redesigning the ones in need of it, can be the most crucial part of the life cycle. 

While creating these designs, you need to put employee experience in mind and engage existing employees to know what would work best for them, and how they think your business processes can become more efficient. 

In this part, automation considerations and plans should all be prepared, to be able to take advantage of the highest efficiency, the lowest costs, minimal errors, great customer experiences and more. 

Your approach to automation can rely on the size of your company. You may be in need of a large custom software or a few separate tools can do the trick. 

Modeling

Modeling can be a very important stage for your business processes management lifecycle. Through this stage, you visualize various workflows for your employees using digital tools to be able to understand how they work. 

Visualization and modeling can help much with standardizing your processes and making them documented in a way that reduces misunderstandings.  

This step can go further if you can offer your employees workflow visualization tools. To be able to edit and redesign workflows easily, using a visual interface that anyone can understand. 

Execution 

Putting the new process into action and executing all the plans comes next in the business process automation life cycle. The execution of the processes of each department differs from others. So this can be a tough stage with much work. 

Using automation can make execution become much easier. As software solution is guided by the interface, and everything is organized and managed in one place. 

Monitoring 

After executing processes, the life cycle doesn’t end. Monitoring and analyzing the results of your process designs and changes is crucial to achieving outstanding processes. 

monitoring

You can discover bottlenecks, and gather feedback from customers and employees. Then, monitor your main business KPIs to measure the outcomes of business process changes in your different business departments. 

Optimization

Your monitoring results won’t go in vain. As the cycle is closed with optimizing your processes based on the issues you find within your business processes and workflows. 

Ensuring good communication through this stage is essential, to be able to learn whenever an inefficiency exists. An update on a process can go wrong, and you need to keep testing new processes on a smaller scale before generalizing them.

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