SIPOC Diagram template using familiar Microsoft Excel
What is a SIPOC Diagram?
SIPOC is an acronym
for Suppliers, Inputs, Process flow, Outputs, and Customers
(the column headers)
- To provide an 'at a glance' overview of a process
- To define the start and stop boundaries of a process (and project scope)
- To clarify relationships of the suppliers of inputs to the process
- To identify process customers (internal and external), and the process outputs that they seek
- To identify unintended wastes output by the process
This versatile Lean Six Sigma tool can be creatively used to identify and eliminate wastes of any kind:
hazardous wastes and emissions, scrap, energy, packaging...
because it clearly defines the boundaries of the value stream segment being mapped
Sample SIPOC template. SIPOC Diagram example.
How to use your SIPOC template
Find and open your template
Find and open your SIPOC template (SIPOC.xlsx)
in the same way that you find and open
your other 150+ Systems2win templates.
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Save your working document, following the usual
document storage and naming conventions established by your leaders.
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Open a Blank Sheet
When you're ready to start doing your own real work...
click the button to 'Open a Blank Sheet'
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This blank sheet is where you will do your real work
(not on the Sample sheet)
Rename your new sheet
Name the process
Succinctly describe the process in the title.
Define the scope of the process
Define the beginning and end
to keep your team focused on the process
suspected of being the cause of the problem,
without going too far upstream or downstream.
List the process Outputs and their Customers
Optional: List requirements for Outputs
Optional: Rather than just identifying inputs and outputs — measure them.
List Suppliers and the Inputs they provide
In addition to materials, list process Enablers
Anything that is not consumed or transformed by the process, but is needed for the process to work. Examples: equipment, facilities, tools, dies, molds…
Optional: List requirements for Inputs
Draw high-level flow chart of the process
Major steps only.
If you have more than 7 blocks — you are too detailed.
You can add details to the full flowchart that you create later.
Use simple verb-noun descriptions.
with others who know the process well
This SIPOC Diagram template comes with many other useful Lean Six Sigma tools
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