Don’t Forget About Health. The Health of Your Process

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Pavel Averin

Apr 30, 2018 • 5 min read

Let’s talk about health, but not about your physical health . Let’s talk about the health of your process.

Didn’t you know that each process has its own health? Have you noticed that sometimes you have a process or flow but you don’t get the result you want?

Maybe your process is sick?

If you feel that something is wrong with your process, you don’t have to go to a doctor. You need to change your process’s lifestyle so that it lives a longer and happier life.

Eat healthily. Feed your process with a good quality data

We (people) need to have a well balanced diet with the right amount of carbs, proteins and fats. It’s important for our health to get water, fresh vegetables and fruit. Our processes are not so different from ourselves.

So why do we feed them with poor input data and wait for awesome outcomes?

  • Pick the right nutrition. Identify which data are vital for your process. If needed, deconstruct them to nutrients (like proteins, carbs and fats) and define which ones bring us the maximum value.

  • Choose the right portion. You don’t need all the data. You only need the right amount of data to keep the process efficient. A process will choke if it gets too much data, and it will starve if there is lack of quality data.

  • Eat often. Each process will require some time to digest the data it has obtained and produce the outcome it was created for. Now you know which portion of data is enough for an efficient process cycle. Determine the best time for data processing and stick to the schedule.

Exercise. Make the process move

Good food is not enough to stay healthy. We need to move. We need to be active and feel the physical pressure from time to time to become faster, better and stronger. As you might guess, the same goes with processes.

  • Set the goal. Each runner has her own record she strives to beat at the next marathon. So your process should also have a goal. Without a goal, you won’t be motivated enough to get better results. Each process should have an ambitious KPI it aims to achieve. And don’t forget about the timeframe. Each race has its date.

  • Train. Now that you have the goal, it’s time to work hard to get there. Like runners have their marathon preparation plan, you should have a plan of how to get to your goal. If you don’t have one, it’s ok. Experiment! Set a hypothesis, change the process, and monitor how the outcome changes. Be consistent and work hard to get to the goal!

  • Ready, steady, go! While you train, don’t forget about the main race and the goal you want to achieve. Don’t lose your focus, be prepared for the date you’ve set and show the best possible result!

Sleep well. Give it some time to recover

The third element of a healthy life is a rest. You need to take some time to recover. During physical activities, we destroy our muscles, during the sleep, we rebuild them. Just like a runner after a marathon, your process needs to have a good rest to become stronger.

  • Give it some time. After you achieved a major goal, and you’re sure that healthy food and exercise worked, take a break. Don’t be too confident that you can be even better the next day after a big win. Give the process some time to stabilize and get used to its new strength.

  • But not too much. Don’t sleep too much or you else you won’t notice you are getting back to the point you started. After you’ve recovered, it’s time to set the next big goal and start training!

We hope the advice above help you to keep your processes healthy and happy.

Thanks for reading!

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