Muntzing your processes



“Muntzing” isn’t a term typically used in the office. But muntzing your processes is one of the most important efficiency steps a business can take.

That’s because your productivity is a direct result of your processes. The tasks and workflows that dictate your daily activity can easily fall into redundancy or disorder. All while you were too busy with your head in the process to look more analytically over it.

And that’s where Muntzing your processes comes in handy. But what is Muntzing, and how do you do it?


What is Muntzing?

Muntzing is the name of an electrical engineering practice. It involves reducing the components inside an appliance. The goal is to have the minimum parts required for functionality. The term earns its name from its inventor, Earl Muntz.

Muntz realised that he could remove many of the parts in the expensive television equipment of the 40s and 50s. All, that is, without losing core functionality. And that’s what he did. He would take his clippers and remove parts of the television circuitry until the picture or sound (or both) stopped working. Then, he would concede that the last thing he cut was, indeed, necessary.

This became a way to reduce the costs, weight and issues of the early television equipment. It was also the origin of Muntzing as a practice.

So, in short, Muntzing is simply reducing the number of wasted components within something.


Applied to business processes

But what has electrical engineering got to do with your business processes? Well, while Muntzing may have started as a practice in electrical engineering, it’s valuable in other areas too. One such area is with your business processes.

Muntzing your processes means removing any redundant steps or unnecessary complexity from your workflows. So, it’s a form of business process improvement (BPI).

By streamlining your processes in this way, you stand to reduce costs by boosting efficiency and productivity. You’ll remove bottlenecks and reduce room for expensive or time-intensive errors.

 In other words, Muntzing is a way to get your processes running smoother and faster, so you can get more done.


Automation as a Muntzing tool

Earl Muntz had his handy clippers to facilitate his Munzting process. But clippers aren’t going to be much use when Muntzing your processes. So, you need a different tool. And automation software is the equivalent of those handy clippers.

For a start, you must give automation software the rules you want it to follow. This means you have an opportunity to methodically consider each process you’re automating. During this setup process, then, you’ll notice when steps aren’t needed.

Automation software also doesn’t work well with broken processes.  As Bill Gates put it: “Automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” If the process itself is riddled with errors, so too will be the automated results. So, Muntzing creates the opportunity to find and fix errors in your workflows.

Not to mention, using automation means reducing handoffs and manual data entry. These elements provide a breeding ground for costly errors. So, using automation to “Muntz” results in fewer chinks in your error armour.

And, automation software reduces the cost of any unneeded processes that still make it through. Because the software handles those tasks for you, your team isn’t wasting time on low-value procedures. Then, you can easily remove that process, task or workflow when you notice that you don’t need it.


Muntzing your processes

Muntzing might sound like a complicated practice. In reality, it’s a simple matter of cutting out what you don’t need. As a result, you get a boost to efficiency and productivity.

While we can’t supply you with clippers for electrical circuits, we can help you on the automation front. Start Muntzing your processes today with a free trial of ThinkAutomation.