As a business grows, it is likely to develop processes which fit the situation.
Place ice cream in cone and serve
Over time, the situation may change, that activity may no longer be appropriate.
Throw out excess stock at the end of the day
When analysing businesses it is worth thinking how processes and teams fit together.
Bulk buy non perishable supplies to save money
When a process is reviewed on its own it is likely to make perfect sense, operating efficiently and completing the task reliably every time.
It is important to understand exactly how the tasks that form a process work together and understand exactly where every asset and piece of information is created, used and lost and whether they are needed.
It is only through understanding and mapping the whole process that an understanding of waste and inefficiency can be gathered.