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Parallel Processes: 1 + 1 > 2

Do you claim that you can handle multitasking? Most likely you are just able to quickly switch between activities. People are not able do two things at the same time. But there is an exception.

If activities are automated (i.e. you can do them without thinking), you can do more than one thing at a time. If you have a process with multiple instances in Procesoid, you’ll appreciate the “Work on multiple open instances” feature.

Do you remember when you were learning how to drive a car? I’ll bet it was very complicated at the time, wasn’t it? It demanded your complete attention. It would have been out of the question while you were driving to have been singing, fiddling with a mobile phone or using a navigation system.

However today, many drivers manage to make phone calls (handsfree I hope), chat with their fellow passengers or even look around the countryside. This is because driving has become automatic to us – our brain is working in a type of autopilot mode.

The huge advantage of process management is the fact that it describes the workflow and its subsequent automation. You don’t have to think about what the next step is. You just drive along partially on autopilot. This allows you to process multiple instances in a parallel way or monitor them in a wider context and for continuity.

While editing an instance in Procesoid, simply select multiple instances and you can edit them at the same time:

Alternatively, in the list of open instances, you can select the desired instances and just edit them:

You are now editing multiple instances at the same time:

Instead of switching between a variety of activities (vertical direction in the process) you can work on the same activities across instances (horizontal direction) – you work parallelly. This saves time and mental energy. You are driving on autopilot and this means you can concentrate on your work instead of having to think about the process for getting it done.

Paul Minar, September 24, 2018

IT consultant & G Suite expert & co-founder of Procesoid

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