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Six Tips to Kick-start Your Process Mining Initiative

Ryan Raiker

September 23, 2020

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Are you ready to explore Process Mining as a critical tool to streamlining and improving your business operations? These are six tips to get you started.

1. Involve the Right People

One of the challenges of applying process mining is that different skills need to come together to make it a success. Do not underestimate the people you will need involved to prevail in your process mining initiatives. At the minimum, this team consists of a process leader, a strategy manager and an analyst, however it may be required to involve someone from IT for data extraction, or it may include others who work on the process.

2. Get the Data Ready

It is no secret that enterprises today have lots of data. It is also no secret that many are utilizing numerous business intelligence tools to gain more insight into their operations and track KPIs and performance. Many times, the same data used in building BI type analytics, are also used for process mining. Ensure that you have access to this data and that it includes the three essential elements for process mining- a timestamp, unique ID, and events.

3. Ensure You Have the Skills

Confirm that you select a process mining company that you can use with your business’s current skill set. Platforms that have more user-friendly interfaces with point-and-click capabilities along with comprehensive knowledge and support centers alleviate the pressures to find employees with specific skills such as coding. By selecting a user-friendly platform process understanding can be scaled and available cross departmentally.

4. Select the Right Solution

Process Mining is not limited to one specific approach or solution, but you do need software to get started. Make sure you select the right solution that promotes continuous improvement within your organization, and one which can continuously provide process monitoring of performance to alert you to and prevent back sliding of reverting to old/bad habits in your processes.

5. Focus your Attention on Specific Processes

With a new technology it is natural to develop a sense of scope creep if proper goals and expectations are not put in place. Try to focus on core initiatives when beginning with the technology and expand goals once you are able to fully understand the technology and its impact. Make sure to talk with key stakeholders and your process team in order to set expectations.

6. Set Goals and Monitor Performance

It is important that goals are in place for your process mining initiative. Whether this be to cut down time, costs, or streamline a process, set attainable goals that your company would like to work towards to focus discovery. Use initial findings as a benchmark and utilize monitoring and altering to work towards continuous performance improvement.

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