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
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 5:55
  • A verb would be great. I'm looking for the action of turning something into a process. Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 5:56
  • Automate? Program? Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 8:21
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    I heard you liked processes… Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 8:38
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    Processize seems the obvious way to verbize this noun.
    – Oldcat
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 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!"

  • Mechanize is great. I went with this. Commented Jun 24, 2014 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.


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


To Codify or to encode

codify - arrange according to a plan or system. "this would codify existing intergovernmental cooperation on drugs"

Alternatively to systematize.

systematize - arrange according to an organized system; make systematic. "Galen set about systematizing medical thought"

  • The answer would be more useful if you provided a dictionary definition and a link to your source.
    – bib
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 15:34

Processize. Just make it up. Thats how every word in the English language became a word. Someone just made it up and it became accepted.

  • This word is also coined by Sahil Lavingia in his book The Minimalist Entrepreneur.
    – j4hangir
    Commented Nov 30, 2021 at 14:19
  • This candidate obviously hasn't been accepted. And ELU focuses on standard usages. Commented May 25, 2022 at 14:48

Processtize is a useful verb. To me, it’s more intuitive than Processize. If you rework the sentence, the suggestion above to “Routinize a an unstructured process” is a good one.

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    Other than compounds like "crosstalk" or even "bremsstrahlung", you would be hard pressed to find "sst" in English words. As a result, your suggestion looks unnatural to me.
    – Laurel
    Commented May 25, 2022 at 2:38
  • Sorry, David. ELU focuses on standard usages. Candidates without a realistic currency do not constitute acceptable answers. Commented May 25, 2022 at 14:50

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