As adults, we have come to learn the importance of conciseness and brevity, especially the implication in a business setting. During a sales pitch or a seminar, people are only concerned with the cause of the problem and the crux of the solution. SIPOC is a tool which strictly adheres to this principle.
Adopting a tabular form of presentation, SIPOC allows you to summarize the input and results of certain processes. SIPOC is an acronym for Suppliers, Inputs, Processes, Outputs, and Customers. It is sometimes referred to as COPIS.
Defining the Parameters of SIPOC
Now, you know what the word represents, what is the definition of each term?
SIPOC offers a plethora of benefits, some of them are listed below.
Process mapping is the underlying concept of SIPOC diagrams. In essence, it clearly defines the goals of a company and then describes the process required for these goals to be accomplished.
SIPOC diagrams also ensure that every member of your team is on the same page.
SIPOC helps you identify inputs which are extraneous, outputs which are not needed, and processes which are not optimal.
Let’s imagine a scenario where you are to start a shoe manufacturing business. Using SIPOC, we can safely make the following assertions.
Supplier- The manufacturers of soles, leather, and rubber.
Input- The rubber, lace, sole, gum etc.
Process- How the shoe is being made using the suppliers
Output- The beautiful shoe you just made.
Customer- Your patrons.
This sounds all too easy, right? Actually, that’s the plan. The process of production should be as simple and accessible as possible. This will save cost, save time, and maximize input.