We are changing a process in our company and I'd like to convey the message below to my clients. "We are trying our best to change this process without affecting dependent processes" . Is there a phrase or idiom I can use here to say that we are doing this process change with lowest impact to other processes?

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    I think you mean 'affecting dependent processes'. 'To affect' means to 'have influence on' or 'to change', 'to effect' means 'to cause to happen' or 'to carry out'. Don't worry, it's a common error. – BoldBen Nov 23 '20 at 20:50
  • Thanks i edited my question. But i am still looking for a good phrase or expression to convey my intent in the original question. – anusha Nov 23 '20 at 21:59
  • Minimal, minimize, limit. The “below message” strikes an off-note. – Xanne Nov 23 '20 at 22:04
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    No magic phrase, but: You're trying to minimize/reduce/mitigate side effects / knock-on effects / unintended consequences – JeffSahol Nov 24 '20 at 10:39

You don't need any fancy language.

Borrowing from two of your sentences I suggest

We are doing our best to make sure this change has the least possible impact on other processes.

  • We are looking for / believe we have come up with a magic bullet.

magic bullet [compound] noun

something that cures or remedies without causing harmful side effects:

  • So far there is no magic bullet for economic woes.



Although this doesn't zero in on the question, the idiom below might be of some use to you

On one's radar screen

In one's conscious awareness as a possibility or as an existing phenomenon:

The governor said that running for president was not even on her radar screen.

So, you could perhaps say that the other processes are not on/are out of your radar screen.

EDIT: Thanks to Jim, who brought to my attention that On one's radar screen doesn't quite fit the bill. As such, I suggest

In the cross hairs

being aimed at by a gun (such as a rifle) that has an aiming device with crosshairs —often used figuratively

The senator's voting record was in the crosshairs of his political rivals.

OP might thus say:

The dependent processes are not in the crosshairs of the process change.

Another way of saying this is:

The dependent processes shall remain outside the purview of the process change.

Merriam-Webster defines purview thus:

The limit, purpose, or scope of a statute

the range or limit of authority, competence, responsibility, concern, or intention.

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    No, this does not relate to OP’s question. If something is not on one’s radar screen then it is a complete unknown and if it hits you you are completely blindsided. OP wants to say: “We’ve implemented this change in such a way as to minimize the impact on other processes. In other words “we knew about all the other processes and have explicitly designed this change to accommodate them. We are telling you this so it will be on your radar screen even though we believe the impact will be minimal.” – Jim Nov 24 '20 at 1:35
  • Point taken, Jim! :) – user405662 Nov 24 '20 at 4:46
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    *"The dependent processes are only collateral to the agenda of process change." Really!? What does this even mean? What's wrong with simple language that simply says what you want to say? – chasly - supports Monica Nov 24 '20 at 11:12
  • Chasly-supports Monica: Lexico Dictionary gives one meaning of collateral as secondary. So my sentence reads The dependent processes are only secondary to the (main) agenda of process change. Where do you think is the problem? – user405662 Nov 24 '20 at 13:50

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