- If the process meets the requirements of the customer(s) that it serves, and ...
- If it does so in an optimal way.
- SIPOC diagrams, which are graphical tools that can help in understanding the key elements of a process. SIPOC identifies the Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs and Customers of a process.
- Flowcharts that can visually identify the steps used in a process.
- Process maps that can visually represent the process beyond the steps in a flowchart to illustrate things such as timing, responsibilities and requirements.
- It cannot be a good process if it doesn't satisfy its customer. Once that is accomplished, any efforts to improve and optimize a process must still keep the customer in mind and balance efficiency and quality.
- You cannot effectively measure and improve a process until you have a clear understanding of it and its elements.
- A SIPOC diagram will help you establish who and what are involved in a process.
- A flowchart will show what happens in a process.
- A process map can show what happens and also establish who does what and when in addition to how and where the different elements fit into the whole process.
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