How to Write Better Business Processes Designs

Business process design covers many areas. It involves understanding requirements, both the business and functional, the ability to interview different subject matters experts, then write the narrative explaining how the process currently works (as is) and could work (to be). [Learn more about these Process Design MS Word templates here] Furthermore, it requires visual design […]

How to Design Business Process Swimlane Diagrams in Visio

In this tutorial, we look at how to design workflow diagrams in Visio, for example, for technical documentation or business analysis If you feel overwhelmed when you sit down and try to create a workflow diagram, it’s probably because you’re trying to do several things at the same time. Here’s how to avoid that occurring. […]

20 Business Process Writing Tips

Summary: Business Process documents give business and technical users an objective snapshot of how a system works. Use these guidelines to improve how you analyze, document, and review As-Is and To-Be processes.  Download Now for $9.99 – Buy Here! [Learn more about these templates here] Ask how it works. In other words, you can’t write […]

How to Write Business Requirements Faster, Stronger, Better

[Learn more about these business requirement templates] One of the mistakes I made when starting with business requirements was that I focused on the phrasing instead of the meaning. For example: I looked at how other procedure writers wrote, adopted their style, and started to write, The software shall… or The software must… In other […]

Process Design Tips #11: How to Rotate, Change & Flip Text

Last week I showed you how to use Microsoft Visio to create business process maps, use case diagrams, flowcharts. org charts, and other type of documents. Business Process Flowchart – 3 Swim lanes with SOX Controls [Learn more about these Process Design Excel templates here] This week, we’ll look at text. How to add, change, […]

Visio Tips: How to Move Multiple Shapes With a Single Click

I use Microsoft Visio to create flowcharts, business process maps, use case diagrams and other type of documents. One way to create these diagrams faster is to group shapes & images, so you update all the shapes at the same time. You can also move the shapes back and forwards on the worksheet. Business Process […]

Business Process Design Tutorial – Part 1

At the end of the workshop, our client confessed, ‘I didn’t know our business worked like that’.

We’d moved onsite and over three months mapped out the processes in his Finance, Sales and Operations Depts. For me, one of the most rewarding aspects of Business Analysis is discovering how a business works and then mapping it out in Visio.

4 Mistakes in the Vendor Selection Process

Matthew Gnabasik in his book “Smart Choices: Selecting and Administering A Safe 401(k) Plan” provides some good advice on common mistakes in the vendor selection process. Download Now for only $19.99 [ Learn more about these Proposal Templates ] The 401kHelpCenter.com site have paraphrased some of them. Not Asking Enough Tough Questions: You decide to ask for […]

[Checklist] RFP Proposal Bid / No Bid

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently on Bud Porter-Roth’s site. It’s hard to find anything better when it comes to offering practical and informative proposal writing techniques. Unlike many pretenders, when you read Bud’s material, you know that this man definitely knows what he’s talking about. And while I’ve read—and re-read—several of his […]