There’s no question that reducing repetitive work boosts productivity for organizations. Even as the digital transformation increases complexity for businesses, it’s also driving the elimination of repetitive work across many industries through wider use of automation, which increases overall productivity, efficiency and even morale.
So how exactly can you start cutting down on repetitive work in your own projects? We’ll go over a few basic steps below.
Embrace Business Agile
Adapting as you go lets you catch problems early
As we’ve covered before, more and more organizations outside the software development world are adopting a business agile approach in order to boost adaptability and efficiency. Business agile prioritizes flexibility, speed and open communication for rapidly-evolving projects and organizations.
As such, efficiency is the bread and butter of business agile. By viewing time as a critical resource and developing centralized processes for tracking, reporting and managing data, businesses can naturally cut down on repetitive work through the very ethos of business agile. And since business agile means committing to open and ongoing communication, agile teams can adapt as they go and catch problems early, reducing time spent re-inventing the wheel or correcting errors on the back end.
Adopting business agile doesn’t necessarily mean overhauling your entire organization. In the end, it’s all about committing to what works best for you and your team. To learn more about how to reduce repetitive work by adopting a business agile approach, check out our how-to guide.
Stop relying on email and spreadsheets
You probably already know that checking and responding to emails, importing data from spreadsheets and other repetitive, manual tasks eat up your time – not to mention create more opportunities for human error. Project management software enables you to automate reporting, task creation, status tracking and much more, cutting down on time spent moving information from one place to another.
But innovations in project management software allow you to go beyond simple automation, offering seamless, easy-to-use sync technology that lets you off the hook for bridging the gaps between tools. Our newest visual task management solution, for example – Clarizen Go – is designed to automatically talk to Clarizen One to provide visibility across an enterprise. When it comes to automation, the more you can do all on one platform, the better.
Increase Visibility and Collaboration
Breaking down silos reduces errors and duplicate work
As acknowledged by ADP’s 2016 Evolution of Work study, enterprises are moving from the age of “me” to the age of “we.” At Clarizen, we couldn’t agree more that “me” tools like spreadsheets don’t just waste individual employees’ time and increase the chances of human error, but they also keep work in silos that lead to miscommunication, duplicate work and more time spent correcting errors down the line.
On the other hand, project management tools designed to increase visibility and collaboration across teams and projects ultimately make your work more efficient. High visibility and collaboration give managers and team members access to real-time information, accelerating communication and cutting down on manual tasks and duplicate work.
Get Work Done with the Right Approach and Tools
Clarizen is committed to empowering teams to work the way they like to work – whether in IT, marketing, or software development – while maintaining standards, reporting accurately and delivering economics of scale. To learn more about how our project management tools can help managers and teams nix repetitive work, see a live demo today.