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There are 3 key elements that are all pre-requisites for achieving workflow success: People, Workflow Process, and the Technology. So, if you have found yourself in a situation where you don’t have ...

There are 3 key elements that are all pre-requisites for achieving workflow success: People, Workflow Process, and the Technology. So, if you have found yourself in a situation where you don’t have defined processes, accountabilities are uncertain and deadlines are sometimes missed, then perhaps you have a workflow problem. Getting all 3 aligned is absolutely essential to ensuring your workflow, works.

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  • Litigation Project Management Agenda: Why Should You Use Workflow? What Are the 3 Key Elements of Workflow? What Are the Benefits of Workflow? Copyright © 2010 iFramework, All Rights Reserved. www.i-Framework.com
  • About Today’s Presenter:
    • John Rowley is the Founder and Director of iFramework.
    • Nationally recognized project management specialist
    • Over a decade experience of increasing efficiencies with the effective implementation of software.
    • Over 6 years of litigation support operational and management experience
    • Consults with NLJ 250/F1000 clients on how their litigation departments can retool and reframe their project management processes for a more efficiently focused group.
    John Rowley, Director 1001 19th Street North, # 1401 Rosslyn, VA 22209 Direct:  +1 (610) 287.1139 Email: [email_address] Web: www.i-Framework.com
  • Key Elements of Workflow People Process Technology There are 3 key elements that are all pre-requisites for achieving workflow success: People, Workflow Process, and the Technology. So, if you have found yourself in a situation where you don’t have defined processes, accountabilities are uncertain and deadlines are sometimes missed, then perhaps you have a workflow problem. Getting all 3 aligned is absolutely essential to ensuring your workflow, works. As you look to improve your workflow here are some factors to consider……………… Copyright © 2010 iFramework, All Rights Reserved. www.i-Framework.com
  • Key Elements of Workflow People What are the key issues? Who owns the process? Who is involved? What are their roles? Are they committed to improving it and working together? Copyright © 2010 iFramework, All Rights Reserved. www.i-Framework.com
  • Key Elements of Workflow Process Workflow has steps for a process that specifies what tasks need to be done and in what order. To develop workflows, starting at high level and identifying the key big steps is important to see the process from end to end. Then moving into more detail to capture the various layers involved and various exceptions is a good model to follow. Copyright © 2010 iFramework, All Rights Reserved. www.i-Framework.com
  • Key Elements of Workflow Technology Now that people are aligned and your workflow processes are developed and clarified, technology can be applied to ensure consistencies and make it easier to follow the workflow than not do so. Copyright © 2010 iFramework, All Rights Reserved. www.i-Framework.com
  • Why Should You Use Workflow? Why Workflow? Workflow is a critical component of any litigation for a variety of reasons. So why should you use workflow and what are the key benefits? The primary advantage of utilizing workflow is improved efficiency which results in the automation of processes that eliminates many unnecessary steps and creates repeatable, structured consistent projects and processes…..and it also…… Copyright © 2010 iFramework, All Rights Reserved. www.i-Framework.com
  • Why Should You Use Workflow? Workflow Saves You Time A set of predefined workflows helps to create your project action plan very quickly. So developing a library of pre-formatted workflows that include tasks, description outlines, specific notes you want to track, time estimations, etc., can help you avoid having to spend time formatting a workflow on-the-fly and purely focus on starting and managing the project. Copyright © 2010 iFramework, All Rights Reserved. www.i-Framework.com
  • Why Should You Use Workflow? Workflow is Easier & With Less Stress Workflows make the task of creating a new project fast and easy. You don't have to stress about what needs to go in your action plan or how to format it. The workflows you build will tell you and your team what information needs to be tracked, the order of the tasks and a description of the project steps. Copyright © 2010 iFramework, All Rights Reserved. www.i-Framework.com
  • Why Should You Use Workflow? Workflow - Direction & Guidance Workflows step you through the actions needed to complete your project from start to finish. They tell each team member involved in the project what they have to do, how, and when. And since many projects are not exactly the same, you need to build or subtract from any of your workflows, on-the-fly. Workflows give you direction, so it's crystal clear what has to be done to complete your project and help gain a higher level of guidance and confidence in your knowledge work. Copyright © 2010 iFramework, All Rights Reserved. www.i-Framework.com
  • Why Should You Use Workflow? Workflow Boosts Consistency It makes sense that if you implement consistent and quality project guidelines and workflows, then you will generate consistent and quality projects. Copyright © 2010 iFramework, All Rights Reserved. www.i-Framework.com
  • What Elements Could Workflow Include? At a very minimum, your Workflows should include: A. Simplified task name and B. Description of the task To name a few, here are other items it could also include, Notes, Estimated Time to complete the task, Actual Time Spent, Assigned To what person, Status of the Task, Links to other documents, Start Date, and Deadline. So when you set out to define the steps of your workflows, these items I just mentioned are some of the most common items firms share with iFramework as to what they need to track and manage. It’s also important to point out that your standard workflow processes in the tool you use to manage your workflow, need to have the flexibility and capability to customize to the exact way you want to work. Copyright © 2010 iFramework, All Rights Reserved. www.i-Framework.com Intake RFP Vendor Processes Close Scope Data
  • Contact Us Main Contact: John Rowley, Director 610.287.1139 [email_address] www.i-Framework.com