workflow

noun
work·flow | \ˈwərk-ˌflō \
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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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, latimes.com, "Newport delays vote on forming a Harbor Department but OKs one for utilities," 23 May 2018 Most workflows call for a very powerful processor and at least one very powerful graphics card. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iMac Pro review: Working as intended," 16 Feb. 2018 The city formed the Municipal Operations Department in 2011 after reviewing workflow, costs and staffing during the recession. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Newport delays vote on forming a Harbor Department but OKs one for utilities," 23 May 2018 The expediter sets that rhythm, managing the workflow of the kitchen like an air traffic controller. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "The Quarterback of the Kitchen? It’s Not Always the Chef," 17 Apr. 2018 If the device works on humans, the team will need to work closely with burn surgeons to study operating room workflows, to develop a system that meets their needs in terms of size and speed. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "This Handheld Device Could Print New Skin Onto Burn Victims," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of workflow

1921, in the meaning defined above

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