I love this in class example of process mapping and decomposition. To me, it’s a clear way to show the inputs, outputs and steps involved with the most important meal of the deal. Now single entity and subsystem are just as much a part of my vocabulary as scrambled eggs and crisp bacon.
But this image also serves as a good reminder to define the goal. I truly believe that ever so popular habit – begin with the end in mind. Defining what success is helps point all the steps in the process in an efficient direction. Skipping this clarity will burn all the plans and results.
You want to “make breakfast” and your organization is committed to a 5 star meal. Yes, everyone wants to jump into the kitchen but with multi-jurisdictional, multi-functional teams working together on projects this picture only emphasizes the need for a clear goal. The software engineers may see “make breakfast” as coffee & tastykakes. Your dynamic sales team may be craving pancakes & sausages. We need to be sure the CMO does not have fresh fruit and cottage cheese on his mind. This shared vision is a key concept in helping to sure we are all collaborating to created the right outputs for all the internal and external customers.
So remember my friends and colleagues, as you are building out your process map – don’t get lost in the detailed steps. Focus on a clear destination on the horizon and understanding of the end point. It will certainly help you get there faster.