There is a great book about the teenage brain written by neuroscientists. The authors, Frances Jensen and Amy Nutt, explained how teenagers learn and how adults develop habits and addictions. We know we learn through repetition; however, Jensen and Nutt add we learn through repetition and stimulus. The more stimulating the activity, the easier it is to remember. For less stimulating activity, such as learning a new software program, repetition becomes even more important (unless you are a total geek like some of us)! So, muscle memory is a real thing – repetition creates it. Once developed it’s easy to perform the task. Following tasks, like the fishbowl inventory basic processes, can help create muscle memory.

It’s important to build correct muscle memory when learning to use Fishbowl Inventory, QuickBooks, and other software programs. Don’t learn it wrong! Like jeeps forming ruts driving on a muddy road over and over, our brains form synapse connections. A jeep’s rut is a good example of forming bad habits. We don’t want to do that because the next driver has a hard time staying out of the ruts. Form good habits. 

In comparison, consider Olympic ski race tracks. As skiers race down the hill, they slap the turn poles at each turn. Slap! Slap! From the sharp metal edges of the skis, each turn carves helpful curves. The first skiers have to work hard to make the turn because the trail hasn’t been carved yet. Only the poles exist. As multiple skiers make the same turns over and over again, helpful turns are carved out leaving an easy trail for the next skier to follow.

It is our job at Brandow Consulting to create helpful Olympic ski trails before training your staff on Fishbowl Inventory and QuickBooks. We want your users to develop good habits right out of the gates! They should repeat over and over again the steps necessary to correctly accomplish daily goals. To do this, we must first map out the most effective path to follow. In the software world that looks like a process matrix. We create this in the process design phase of our projects. First design the process like mapping out the ski track, then race down the track over and over again. 

There are 8 Fishbowl Inventory basic processes:

  1. Sales Order Entry
  2. Work Order Entry
  3. Work Order Fulfillment
  4. Sales Order Fulfillment
  5. Transfer Order Entry
  6. Transfer Order Fulfillment
  7. Purchase Order Entry
  8. Purchase Order Fulfillment

It seems like most companies have a version of at least the sales and purchasing processes. Others require more complexity; companies with manufacturing and companies with multiple warehouses for instance.

Much like an Olympic ski track, Brandow Consulting will help you create successful processes, documents or SOPs (if you will) for your company to follow. We’ll help you create effective solutions to your specific needs.  

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So, don’t fall into a jeep trail rut by guessing and learning Fishbowl Inventory on your own. We’ve helped over 100 companies implement Fishbowl. We’ve designed all kinds of processes that involve Fishbowl Inventory, Method:CRM, QuickBooks, shopping carts and other software solutions.

Call us today. Hire experienced professionals to help you carve successful processes into your operation. Fishbowl Inventory is a robust complex solution. Let us train you to use it like an Olympic skier!