What is process vision?

Process vision describes the ability to see the flow of energy. It provides a different lens of perception, based in process science principles. People with process vision view the world around them in terms of energy flow and value creation. Process professionals use process vision to identify process problems and solutions more quickly.

What is process vision?

Process vision is a term which describes a way of viewing the world that is based on the principles of process science. To “use process vision” means that you are perceiving your environment in terms of energy and how it is flowing through the processes around you. 

Often a person who is studying process science will begin to apply process principles to their everyday experience, without consciously seeking to do so. When this happens, we say they are using their “process vision”. 

With process vision, a process scientist or process consultant can more quickly and easily sense the ways in which energy flow may be blocked within a business or personal process. Experiencing the world through process vision is sort of like having a process map building itself in your brain!

Where does the term process vision come from?

The term process vision was coined by process scientist Samuel Chin, and is described in his book on process science, Becoming A Conscious Business: Expand Your Life & Work Through the Science of Energy Flow. 

In the book, Chin writes that “to achieve my own process vision, I had to synthesize all the knowledge we’ve discussed up to this point and apply it in practice for many years.”

How to apply process vision

To see a business with process vision means that you can understand the business in terms of how energy moves through its various processes. A business process is a complex integration of individual operating and project processes, much like the human body is a complex integration of smaller biological processes.

Imagine each of these processes as a garden hose that energy flows through. A typical business, when managed ineffectively, is like a massive jumble of garden hoses, tangled together. It’s very hard for anything to flow through hoses that are all tangled up! But once you can identify the different hoses (or processes in this case) and see the energy flowing through them, the work–in principle at least!–is as easy as unbending and untangling the jumbled collection of these energy hoses. 

For most people, doing this task without the process science principles and its associated process vision is very difficult, because the business landscape appears chaotic and represents infinite variation and complexity. But once you understand the principles of process science and begin to see things in terms of energy flowing through processes and creating value, everything looks a lot simpler. 

Because process vision comes from an understanding of universal principles and patterns, it can be applied to any process (business or otherwise).

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