What is a process scientist and what do they do?

Process scientists study process to learn about energy flow in the universe. Process scientists analyze processes to improve them. A process scientist can help a person or business to increase value creation and reduce waste in their work.

What is a process scientist?

A process scientist is a person who studies the flow of energy in the universe; specifically how energy moves through processes. Process science is an emerging scientific discipline. This means that process scientists are not only able to study what is currently known about this topic but can continue to define the body of process science knowledge further through their own experience and research.

Process scientists are interested in the principles of energy and how it moves through a process in order to create value. By understanding these principles, they are able to analyze existing processes for their fundamental value creation and identify what barriers may be causing blockages that prevent a process from creating that value. They can also design new processes according to universal principles which will result in better outcomes for any given business or personal context. 

Process scientists also use process science principles to create process improvement frameworks, such as the Flow Maturity Framework and the Cavi Method. Both of these methodologies were developed by process scientist Samuel Chin.

What is applied process science?

When process scientists apply the process principles and their resulting frameworks in a real world setting, this is applied process science. Through applied process science, process scientists can optimize existing processes to increase their value creation, and also consistently and precisely design new processes to meet any business or personal objective.

Applied process science will support any process improvement project. It allows process improvement practitioners to more easily capture process elements, communicate with stakeholders, and redesign a process in a way which puts value creation at the center.

Process science principles are most commonly applied in business contexts, but these principles can also be applied to human processes like personal development, fitness, education, and more. In a sense, process science is the study of everything in the universe and their energy patterns, and can therefore be applied in any situation where energy is moving and value is being created.

Career paths for students of process science

There are a number of career paths for which a practitioner would benefit from a background in the process science discipline, including (but certainly not limited to):

  • Process researcher
  • Business consultant
  • Life coach / executive coach
  • Operations manager
  • Chief operations officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Business analyst
  • Media producer
  • Agency director
  • HR director

Process knowledge can be applied effectively within any role which requires optimizing for human or business potential.

How to become a process scientist

Currently, there is not a defined path of study to become a credentialed process scientist. Many of the process scientists who work with Cavi Consulting have come to the discipline from a background in process improvement work or business consulting; others have experience with marketing and social sciences. Samuel Chin, who first coined the term process scientist to refer to his own work, studied biology in college and holds an MBA in addition to numerous process improvement and project management certifications. 


If you’re interested in learning more about process science, this website is a great place to start! You may also want to sign up to the Cavi newsletter to hear about the upcoming launch of the Cavi Method accreditation course and other training offerings.

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