Category Archives: Write Better Procedures

What’s Your Plan to Document Process Procedures?

Your core business processes change in response to market forces, competition, regulations, customer demand, the economy, culture, personal beliefs, and many other factors. Business and organizational development is about business process change: not as in “process change — the event”, but “process change — the journey“. What’s your plan to document process procedures during your process journey? Continue reading What’s Your Plan to Document Process Procedures?

How Do You Edit and Proofread a Technical Document?

The answer to this question is very obvious and pretty clear: every writing needs editing. However, technical content indeed has specific business writing skills. How do you edit and proofread a technical document? Read on to find out more. Continue reading How Do You Edit and Proofread a Technical Document?

How to Write an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure)

Simply put, a standard operating procedure (SOP) is a set of instructions on how to execute a specific task or a business process. They are used by all companies and public agencies. Their complexity varies from task to task, and it’s informed by the complexity of an entity itself. How to Write an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure). Continue reading How to Write an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure)

What is Revision in the Policy Process?

What advice do we have to give about writing procedures? Most importantly – employ revision in the policy process. The policy writing process considers activities that successful writers engage in while producing a piece of writing, and it applies whether one is writing an essay, a business letter, or a procedure. These writing activities are typically divided into three steps or phases — Planning, Drafting, and Revising. What is revision in the policy process?

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How to Write Error-Free Procedures

It’s at times like these — when the business world is still unsettled after several years Covid of turmoil and prevailing wisdom doesn’t see a quick end to the situation for any of us — that we tend to forget about the far horizon and concentrate on what’s directly in front of us. It’s only natural. Business processes still need to be created and learning how to write error-free procedures remains important to business success. Continue reading How to Write Error-Free Procedures

Are Your Policies and Procedures Too Long?

Long policies procedures? What is the right length for your policies and procedures documents? Most authors don’t write short standard operating procedures (SOP). But creating very long procedures of 50, 70 or more pages is common. So how long should your policies, procedures, or work instructions be before you ask yourself “are your policies and procedures too long?” Continue reading Are Your Policies and Procedures Too Long?

How Do You Simplify Complex Processes and Procedures?

There are many reasons why process and procedures become too complex. Many revolve around “too much”, “too many”, or “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Reducing the complexity of process and procedure is simple. How do you simplify complex processes and procedures? Continue reading How Do You Simplify Complex Processes and Procedures?

How to Get Policies and Procedures ‘Done’

Creating and maintaining a definitive set of policies and procedures represents a significant investment of resources. To make these activities as routine and painless as possible, organization are wise to establish a repeatable policy and procedure development process. It is by following this process that you learn how to get policies and procedures ‘Done’. Continue reading How to Get Policies and Procedures ‘Done’