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Define your process
Find your Wastes
Align your team
Here's what each part of the SIPOC acronym represents:
Suppliers: This section of the SIPOC identifies the entities or sources that provide inputs to the process. Suppliers can be internal or external to the organization. They provide the necessary resources or materials for the process to begin.
Inputs: This part outlines the specific materials, information, or data that are supplied to the process by the suppliers. Inputs are the raw materials or starting points that the process works on to produce outputs.
Process: The central component of the SIPOC template describes the actual steps and activities involved in the process. It provides a high-level overview of how inputs are transformed into outputs. Process mapping or flowcharting is often used in this section to illustrate the sequence of steps.
Outputs: This section defines the end results or products that the process generates. Outputs represent what the process delivers to its customers, which could be other internal processes or external customers.
Customers: Here, you identify the individuals, departments, or external parties who receive and use the outputs of the process. Customers can be both internal and external, and understanding their needs and requirements is crucial for process improvement.
This SIPOC template typically takes the form of a table or diagram, with each of these five elements represented in columns or sections. It helps teams and organizations gain a clear, high-level understanding of a process and its dependencies. SIPOC analysis is often used as a starting point for process improvement initiatives, as it can highlight areas where improvements are needed and where the process might be failing to meet customer requirements.
By documenting the Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs, and Customers, teams can establish a common understanding of the process and identify potential opportunities for optimization, waste reduction, and increased efficiency.
It's a valuable tool in process analysis, particularly in the context of quality management and continuous improvement methodologies.
Riaan is a dynamic leader, coach, facilitator, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt with over 20 years of hands-on experience driving business results. Riaan is highly skilled and has worked across diverse industries internationally. With a degree in Chemical Engineering, Riaan started in the major breweries and bakeries in South Africa and was so dedicated to his work that he was often known to take his work home with him.