SIPOC is a tool that summarizes the inputs and outputs of one or more processes in table form. It’s an acronym that stands for Supplies, Inputs, Process, Outputs and Customers. Some organizations use the opposite acronym COPIS, which puts the customer first and illustrates the value of the customer to the organization.
The term SIPOC originates from the 1980s and is part of the total quality movement. SIPOC is a part of the Six Sigma, lean manufacturing and business process management disciplines.
Process mapping is a term used to describe the task of putting a project’s goals and, in some cases, detailed steps on how those goals will be accomplished. It’s a simple but effective method for ensuring every project team member – as well as executive leadership – are on the same page.
In the case of SIPOC, the resulting diagram provides a high-level process map, the sort used by leadership to quickly explain a project and provide common reference points for all team members. It also can help identify problems and isolate areas that are not needed or add little value.
Remember, the key goal of a SIPOC diagram is to identify all the relevant steps in a project from the outset. Keep in mind also that a core part of the diagram is quantifying inputs – and who supplies them – as well as the process needed to transform them to outputs.
Now, you can take a page out of the Six Sigma methodology without being certified. This SIPOC template defines complex projects that are not yet fully scoped. You can use this diagram to identify all relevant elements of a process improvement before work begins. Typically used in the Measure phase of the Six Sigma DMAIC methodology, the SIPOC tool is ideal for teams looking to create efficiencies, map processes and remove roadblocks.
This template will be useful for project managers. You can describe in detail each stage of the project and determine which category it belongs to. This template will also be useful for mobile developers when discussing project details in weekly sprints.
Quality managers can use this template when preparing product quality control instructions. Managers can use this template to plan and control the implementation of lean manufacturing. You can describe in detail the tools that will reduce not only the cost of raw materials, but also reduce the time of operations at each stage of work on the product.
Business trainers and university educators can use this template when preparing their courses on lean manufacturing or project management system in manufacturing. Business leaders can use the slides from this template when preparing their strategy to reduce company costs.
This PowerPoint template comes in four design varieties. Each slide has a column for the elements of the SIPOC acronym, which include: suppliers, inputs, processes, outputs and customers. It simply demonstrates process flows and hierarchy between each relationship. The template flexes to vertical or horizontal layouts of information. All colors, text and icons are customizable. Ideal for supplier relations, product teams, operations, procurement and process improvement teams, this template is easy to use and has all the benefits of Six Sigma’s lean approach. SIPOC Template will be a great addition to your collection of professional presentations.