Opinionated Workflow

Mark on Jan 11, 2017

You start out innocently enough, wanting to improve your business’s processes. You hit google and do a few internet searches. Before long you’re overwhelmed with terms, acronyms and definitions. Business Process Management (BPM), Process Definition Tool (PDT), Business Process Optimization (BPO), Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN), Use Case Diagrams, Extended Business Modeling Language (xBML), Workflow Engines, State Transition, Process Instance, Domain Model. The list goes on and on. Of course there are very good reasons all of those terms and formalities. Business processes at a Fortune 500 company are very different than processes at a small to medium size business and probably do need to be more formalized. But you’re probably not a Fortune 500 company. Yet. So why act like one? Why fight through a complicated package only to realize you’re paying too much and only using a small percentage of the, bloated, over priced, package. Not to mention your users don’t like it and feel overwhelmed. Trust us, they will. Just as we have during our careers.

What is it you’re trying to accomplish anyway? You just want to make sure the work at your business is done. Done correctly. That your team follows all the steps, in order, everytime. It’s as simple as that.

Now, how do you make sure that happens? That’s where we come in - go figure. We have streamlined Business Process Management. Taken out the clutter, the fluff and the senseless “features”. Made it simple. Made it make sense. Made it what we wish we had way back when we worked for a large telecommunications company. Where we painstakingly recreated our workflows (step maps) each time a change was needed and manually wrote the code to insert them into a database. Talk about painful. We have taken out all the formality, pageantry and complexity to give you a clean and simple interface that you and your users will appreciate. And use!

Our philosophy, simplicity. Simplicity is what drives Flowmingo development. Since launching Flowmingo in 2012 we have constantly focused on how to keep it simple, focused and uncluttered. It’s what we think about when first considering a new feature. Is the feature really needed, how simple can we make it and how well does it fit in the product? Sometimes simplicity means not implementing features. Sometimes it means iterating on the way a current features work. We strive for little or no setup, a low learning curve and as few options as possible. Sometimes keeping the product concise means a client may "outgrow" us and that's okay.

We believe that simplicity in our product is mutually beneficial for us and our clients. For our clients, the benefit is obvious. You can bring your workflow process online in the matter minutes. Your users will immediately understand how they fit in the system and what is expected of them. For us, a simple product means fewer bugs and fewer support requests. A simple, focused, product is a win, win for all of us.

With Flowmingo, you draw out your business process steps, assign users to them, and connect the steps in the right order. It really is that easy. No acronyms, no long meetings, no business jargon and no programming. Your users will follow the workflow you created, completing their tasks in the correct order. Every time.

Does workflow really need to be any more complicated? We don’t think so.


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