Step #1: Enter the Consists of input, value-add, and output. Learn More... Steps.
- These steps should become the “P” (Process) in your SIPOC
- There should be no more than 12 steps
- If there are more than 12 steps, you should review your project scope because it may too large
Step #2: List the Process Measurable Outputs.
- These are the Measurable Outputs from the Process Step
- The Outputs are related with the Steps not the Inputs. In other words, I can have 20 inputs in the “Input” column with 3 outputs in the “Output” column
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Step #3: Enter the Process Inputs.
- As a general rule, the Input should be no more than a 3 word Noun (not an Adverb or Adjective)
- Go to Gemba, Walk the Process and take notes of all Inputs to the Process. Don’t determine that an Input is insignificant and not write in on the Input Map. We will use a tool called the C&E Matrix to sift out the Unimportant “Inputs.”
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Step #4: List the “Type” of Variable as “U” or “C”
- Controllable (C): Inputs that you can adjust while the process is in action
- Example: While in the process of mowing a lawn, you can adjust the height of the mower or the speed at which you push the mower
- Uncontrollable (U): These are Inputs that you either can’t control or are unwilling to control (because of cost, company politics, etc.)
- While mowing a lawn, you cannot control the weather as it can change from sunny to raining.
The Input Map (or X-Map) helps the Performs the process improvement tasks. to identify all the X’s (or Inputs) in the the process that could potentially have an effect on the Y’s (or Outputs).