Here is a new video we made on our product Process Street.
We built Process Street to be the best standard operating procedure software on the planet.
Watch the below video to see how it works:
I have always loved systems. They are marvoulsy complex. Our world runs on them, in both the natural and man made world. Weather and evolution are systems just as cities, governments and organizations are.
Below is the Wikipedia extract for “System”
A system is a set of interacting or interdependent components forming an integrated whole or a set of elements (often called ‘components’ ) and relationships which are different from relationships of the set or its elements to other elements or sets.
Fields that study the general properties of systems include systems science, systems theory, systems engineering, cybernetics, dynamical systems, thermodynamics, and complex systems. They investigate the abstract properties of systems’ matter and organization, looking for concepts and principles that are independent of domain, substance, type, or temporal scale.
Some systems share common characteristics, including:
- A system has structure, it contains parts (or components) that are directly or indirectly related to each other;
- A system has behavior, it contains processes that transform inputs into outputs (material, energy or data);
- A system has interconnectivity: the parts and processes are connected by structural and/or behavioral relationships.
- A system’s structure and behavior may be decomposed via subsystems and sub-processes to elementary parts and process steps.
The term system may also refer to a set of rules that governs structure and/or behavior. Alternatively, and usually in the context of complex social systems, the term institution is used to describe the set of rules that govern structure and/or behavior.
I tried opening a Venturebeat article from Facebook the other day and got the below screenshot:
Just goes to show even the big brands can fall victims to problems like this. Creating a process to test problems like this on a regular basis is crucial and one of the reasons we created Process Street.
Hopefully they can fix this soon!
This was originally a guest post I wrote on The Productivity Blog
Bad process documentation can kill your business dead. Here’s how:
Documenting your processes is proven to improve quality of work. Dr. Atul Gawande in his bestseller, the Checklist Manifesto, presents facts that show using checklists in surgery has significantly increased success rates, resulting in tens of thousands of lives saved. He also shows how a wide range of industries from construction to venture capital have improved quality through documentation.
Poor quality work can destroy your reputation sending your customers running. No customers, no business.
We all know staff come and go. Keeping on to the good ones is important, but sometimes there is nothing you can do. When a key employee unexpectedly ups and leaves it can have a crippling effect, especially on small businesses.
This pain can further be accelerated if you, the business owner, has non-work related issues to deal with.
If this unfortunate circumstance is ever to happen to you, make sure you have your documentation in order and you just might get through it.
Growth is the most exciting phase of business. It’s the reward for all the blood, sweat and tears. But growth is a double edged sword. With big ups come big downs, and if you are not prepared to manage the growth, your business can implode on itself. Hiring and training new staff, processing larger order quantities, supporting more customers and opening new offices are highly complex processes that if done incorrectly can cost you lots of money or even collapse your business.
Ensuring you have processes in place to manage these growing pains is of the utmost importance.
If you ever want to sell your business, having proper documentation is of the utmost importance.
A prospective buyer wants to know the business they are buying is going to run effectively on its own, without you, the former owner having to be there.
Having your standard operating procedures documented can help you close the deal and even get you a sale price. While poor documentation could cause the deal to fall through.
If you still need more proof on the importance of process documentation, check out this book by Michael Gerber – The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It.
So what are you waiting for? Document or die.
So I went to the hairdresser today and… you can probably guess the rest from the post title. I wanted to use my phone while getting a haircut and started to think why there was no clear window in the poncho so I could use my phone without getting hair all over it.
This kind of product would be perfect for a “Muse” (with appropriate testing first of course).
If you don’t know what a Muse is, its a concept from the book The 4 Hour Work Week, the book that inspired me to start my first internet business when I left to go travelling. It refers to a small business, usually internet based that requires very little energy to run once set up as you systemize all parts of the business (one of the things my startup Process Street is designed to help with).
I like the idea of this product because you could sell it wholesale to companies who supply hairdressers, creating a business with decently high revenue but only a few clients, 80/20 that shit (another concept from the book).
I found the above image, its kinda what im talking about except for getting a haircut.
Someone needs to make this or Evernote needs to integrate spreadsheets into their platform, because my current spreadsheet experience is pretty poor.
I currently have 13 Excel Spreadsheets open, 6 Google Doc Spreadsheets and 2 files open in CSV file editor.
Why is there no solution for me to manage this?
Here are the reasons I want this:
Using Windows 7, Excel makes me click twice to change sheets, I cant split excel spreadsheets across monitors, and I am switching between excel / chrome / csv editor. Confusing and slow. With an Evernote esq app, I would have everything in one place, and could spawn off spreadsheets into new windows to do with what I needed.
Google Docs uses a TON of memory and I have no way to easily look up or add to spreadsheets.
Using an Evernote style app, I should be able to insta-search any spreadsheet, or any bit of data in any spreadsheet. This would make finding data from and adding data to spreadsheets much faster and easier.
Is this something you think you would find useful?
Here is the video we did for Start-Up Chile.
To search on iOS 7 you need swipe down from the middle of the screen anywhere in the phone to bring up search.
NOTE: This will not work if you are in an app that uses scroll such as Safari or Mail.
Here is an example:
This is a really interesting video on how social networks have changed the social fabric. Social networks are a great way to stay connected and manage multiple relationships, but they are no substitute to talking to people face to face. That is where the real magic happens and why things like conferences are so important.
We are looking for a team member to join as a co-founder for a new startup called Process Street - www.process.st. Process Street is building a collaborative process management system targeted at the SME market.
We are a brand new startup, working to build our MVP. We currently have 2 of our desired 3 “Dream Team”. We have our Hustler (business/marketing) and our Hacker (coding/sys-admin) we just need our Hipster (UI/UX) co-founder to help make our dream a reality.
We are Australian and Canadian and the company is based in Delaware, USA, but we’re living and working in Buenos Aires, where we plan to build out the initial product and work on doing market testing and gaining traction. If everything goes well, we plan to move to San Francisco (Silicon Valley) to scale out the business.
You will be part of a 3 man team, working to build a highly needed, super useful product that helps businesses make more money. Easy sell.
Because you are coming in at the ground level, you will be entitled to founders equity – which we all know is going to be worth BILLION$ in just a few short months
- User EXPERIENCE. Yes, that’s experience, not design, or interface, or graphics, or logos… EXPERIENCE
We are building a B2B product, and our first and foremost focus is to make sure our product is and simple, quick and painless to use. Because time is money for businesses, we must make our product as easy to use as possible or it will fail.
- User Interface.
Yes, you will still be doing design work and will be responsible for the look and feel of all of the areas of the startup. This includes product interface design, marketing site design, logos, color schemes etc… BUT WAIT. If you are a kick ass user experience person who hates thinking about colors, we still want to talk to you
- Front End HTML/CSS. Putting your UI/UX designs into action. You know the deal.
- Countless other startup hats including – Content, Customer Support, Testing, Marketing etc…
- UX Freak
We are looking for someone who lives and breathes UX. UX is your shit, you know what I mean. Websites, web apps, mobile, tv, you are interested in all interfaces. You are on a mission to optimize design and streamline the way humans interact with technology. You have a focus on functionality, simplicity, customer conversion and retention as your key experience design principals. Not pretty colors (not that we don’t like pretty colors).
- Outstanding Over Communicator (English). You gotsa know how to read, write, talk, yell, sing, shout etc…
- A flexible life situation
- An understanding of how startups operate (understanding this job description is a good start)
- A burning desire to do something BIG
If this sounds like you, lets talk!
Contact – email@example.com