work·​flow | \ ˈwərk-ˌflō How to pronounce workflow (audio) \
variants: or less commonly work flow

Definition of workflow

: the sequence of steps involved in moving from the beginning to the end of a working process improving office workflow … this new upgrade isn't revolutionary. But it does a fine job of streamlining workflow and getting the business done.— Sally Wiener Grotta The site automates and tracks workflow as well. For example, when a subcontractor fills out a request for information, it goes directly to the general contractor, who signs off on it. The request then travels to the architect, then back to the subcontractor.— Lawrence Stevens

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The standard rule in book publishing is that accuracy is the author’s problem In general, fact-checking is not a standard part of the workflow in book publishing, even in nonfiction book publishing. Constance Grady, Vox, "Book publishing’s fact-checking failure, as illustrated by the Sally Kohn controversy," 20 Apr. 2018 Though third-party plug-ins and special effects have already been available for the software, today’s news opens up Final Cut Pro X for third-party app developers to further streamline the editing workflow. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Apple adds third-party app integration to Final Cut Pro X," 15 Nov. 2018 The idea is to be able to use them to organize a physical workflow or map a customer experience in virtual space. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Dynamics 365 Remote Assist finally makes the HoloLens useful for anyone," 18 Sep. 2018 Your workflow changes often which keeps your job exciting. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Spotlight: Engineer Kesha Lee on Recording Hip-Hop's Top Acts From Lil Uzi Vert to Childish Gambino & More," 1 June 2018 Several startups have developed software aimed at making clinician workflow and doctor-patient communication more efficient, but few attempt to do both. Heather Mack, WSJ, "Luma Health Raises $6 Million for Doctor-Patient Message Software," 22 May 2018 For these companies, AI incorrectly has become a catchall phrase for anything that has to do with data or workflow. Arif Janmohamed, Fortune, "Most ‘AI’ Companies Are Not AI Companies. Here’s How to Tell," 3 July 2018 The researchers in the study also reorganized the workflow from top to bottom. Dana Wechsler Linden, WSJ, "DNA Testing Offers New Hope for Infants With Genetic Disease," 28 May 2018 The city formed the Municipal Operations Department in 2011 after reviewing workflow, costs and staffing during the recession. Hillary Davis,, "Newport delays vote on forming a Harbor Department but OKs one for utilities," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of workflow

1921, in the meaning defined above

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