Functional and Process Management: Tools Support

In the previous articles, we positioned Project Management and Process Management as systematic ways to compensate the issues of pure functional management: loss of control at handoffs, loss of focus on corporate goals, sub-optimization, etc. Let us now consider the tools (i.e. software) support for functional, project and process management.


In Process Management, sequence of work can vary from instance to instance: there are gateways, conditions; business rules etc. The key is predictability: no matter how many forks in the road, we know all of them in advance, and we understand the conditions for the process to take one route or another. If this condition is met, we are dealing with a process.

Lots of folks are creating incredible Glass apps for physicians, especially to supplement, or even replace, EHR user interfaces. But no one, to my knowledge, is working on a Glass task management system for cleaning and stocking hospital rooms. While this aspect of environmental services has special wrinkles, such as dealing with isolation rooms where extraordinary measures must be taken, there’s also a lot to take for granted. Much patient experience depends on (at least) clean and well-stocked patient rooms. So I thought — patients checking in and out, peripatetic housekeepers, peripatetic supervisors, checklists — hey what about Glass!

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