Can you suggest a system that could help a group of employees manage a long, many-stepped process? We're driving ourselves bonkers in the meantime.
So, the process in question is for creating an item for sale online. The product is selected, imported, assigned data (size, color, etc), has photos taken, and about a zillion other steps in between and after. In total there are about 30 steps, multiplied over 3 to 4 different vendors. Four to six people are currently involved with this process, and it's a pain to communicate back and forth about what's done for which products and what's next and where there's a hold-up and so on.
Here is a list of the steps for one of our vendors.
Currently we're using a spreadsheet I whipped up, but there are more steps than there used to be, more products coming in than there were previously and it's inefficient and inconvenient to access and interact with.
Is there some sort of program we could have written, or a website we could create that has check-boxes for each step, or something creative I'm not thinking of? Our company isn't small enough to have one person manage all the steps, nor large enough to have 'departments' to forward things to when a step is complete.
Also, these items arrive and are worked on/completed on different timelines, so it's important that they can be accessed and updated individually.
Can you help me come up with an organized solution?