There’s no denying that well-executed automation can deliver huge business benefits when it comes to the productive, consistent, continuous delivery of manual, repetitive actions, with a reduced error rate.
But there is a big difference between understanding the value of automation, and being able to unite your various tools, and implement automation effectively in your organization - to truly liberate your teams from administrative tasks so they can focus on higher-value activities.
As with any big shift or change to standard ways of working, the introduction of automation has the potential to disrupt processes, teams, and flows of work before it improves them. This disruption period, if left unremedied, can lead to ineffective automation, which requires heavy oversight due to a lack of visibility and trust in the process. This loss of control can be felt by both team members and stakeholders, obstructing progress and making an increase in automation impossible.
But disruption and inefficiency are not inevitable, and there are ways to achieve faster, smoother adoption of automation while maintaining full control. It all comes down to building a culture that fully aligns human and machine activities, putting both elements in the correct place.
This is easy to say, but more challenging to put into practice.
So what are some of the key elements of an automate-first culture?
- Map out your manual processes and identify potential for automation
It’s impossible to decipher where good opportunities for automation are if you don’t have a clear view of your processes. Ensure you mark out pain or transition points in the flows of work, and the tools involved. This will make it easier to spot the potential for automation.
- Introduce automation gradually to avoid wholesale disruption
You can always add more automation, but it’s hard to scale back efforts once more extensive implementations are introduced, so taking a steady approach is sensible.
- Promote a ‘human by exception’ rather than ‘by default’ approach
Decide what your thresholds are for exactly when human involvement is needed, and use this to exclude and include human coordination into your automation planning.
- Bring automation out of the ‘tech’ shadows and into the ‘business process’ spotlight
Automation is often seen as highly technical, with its value being more significant or powerful for technical teams, but this is simply not true. By bringing automation opportunities to the forefront for business processes you can really start embracing an automate-first culture and reap the benefits of effective automation on human/machine collaboration.
We believe that in order to enable your teams to deliver in bigger and better ways - whatever that means to you - your programs of work need to be architected with humans and machine automation working side by side.
And that is what our upcoming webinar will explore: how to build an ‘automate-first’ culture in your organization. Rather than layering automation on top of manual, human-driven processes, and expecting human involvement to lessen, this approach emphasizes the importance of carefully building automation into the foundations of complex work, through integration, streamlining, and smarter coordination of human and machine work.
Join us to find out more about the key elements to achieving effective automation, and our tips and tricks to getting to a highly controllable ‘automate-first’ culture, that enables humans and machine automation working side by side.
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