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Why Process Mining is Like Walking On a Factory Floor

Processes that are primarily based on information flows are particularly challenging to analyze because they are inherently invisible. When I told Mathew, a Lean Six Sigma practitioner, about process mining he thought that was fantastic. And he made a comparison that I really like. He said:

Making information flows visible is the equivalent of walking on a factory floor.

In an assembly line, you can move from one step to the next step in the process and easily observe what is happening. But information-based processes usually don’t pass around piles of papers anymore. That means you simply can’t see what is going on. Making the process flows visible based on IT data is therefore really valuable.

Since 2009, we have used the X-ray metaphor to explain process mining. Wil often uses the metaphor of a TomTom navigation system. Now we have the factory floor metaphor. Which one do you like best? Which other metaphors have you seen? Let us know in the comments.

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