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I'm looking for a more concise way of describing the process of turning something into a process.

Often we have tacit knowledge about things we do frequently, sometimes called muscle memory.

What do you call the thoughtful process of turning that into a process or procedure–into something step by step and detailed?

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do you need a verb or noun? Do you mean something like a process or set of rules to be followed in a procedure? Or something that divides a process into steps? – vickyace Jun 24 '14 at 5:55
A verb would be great. I'm looking for the action of turning something into a process. – Sam Washburn Jun 24 '14 at 5:56
Automate? Program? – Blessed Geek Jun 24 '14 at 8:21
I heard you liked processes… – Pierre Arlaud Jun 24 '14 at 8:38
Processize seems the obvious way to verbize this noun. – Oldcat Jun 24 '14 at 20:42
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Mechanise: may convey the idea I think

mechanise - make monotonous; make automatic or routine; "If your work becomes too mechanized, change jobs!"

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Mechanize is great. I went with this. – Sam Washburn Jun 24 '14 at 6:38



  1. to develop into a regular procedure.
  2. to reduce to a customary procedure:



to arrange in or according to a system; reduce to a system; make systematic.

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Formalize is the word I typically use when, for example, taking an informally followed process or practice and putting it in to some form others can use.

formalize - give (something) a definite structure or shape

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To Codify or to encode

Alternatively to systematize.

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The answer would be more useful if you provided a dictionary definition and a link to your source. – bib Jun 24 '14 at 15:34

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