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Final yield (FY) is widely used yield metric that is easy to calculate. This is an example of a 3-step process map which has a final yield equals that is equal to 90%.

This is a process that has 3 steps performing at a 0.94, 0.91 and 0.92 respectively. If 100 units entered the process and only 89 were good units, final yield would be 89%, and rolled throughput yield would be: 0.94 x 0.91 x 0.92 = 78.7%.

In this can-making process example, the probability of manufacturing a can that meets all performance standards would be 90.28% (i.e. RTY = 90.28%).

This is an example of a SIPOC map for an idea generation and implementation process.

This is an example of a SIPOC map for a car purchasing process at a car dealership.

This is an example of a SIPOC map for conducting job interviews during a recruitment process in a company.

A SIPOC map can be created quickly by drawing a table of five columns. These five steps describe how to create a SIPOC map with your team.

These questions can be useful to complete the SIPOC analysis exercise with your team.

This is an example of a SIPOC map for conducting data analysis to support decision-making and business intelligence for a company.

Simple drawing is the most basic form of process maps which uses only boxes and arrows. Additional information to each activity may be included (such as time and responsibilities).

Process maps are used to map existing processes (what the process really is), as well as to map the future state of how things should be after implementing process improvement (what the process should be).

Just like real maps, process maps can be created in different levels (vertical expansion). Also, the process itself can be as simple or as complex as required (horizontal expansion).

This is an example of a process map that illustrates the process for equipment installation. Notice the two rework loops to indicate the activities that are repeated.

This is an example of a process map for doing the laundry in the old fashioned way (the washer and dryer are separated).

This is a process map for making orange juice. This process may be part of a larger process (e.g. preparing breakfast). Also, each step can be decomposed further (e.g. you may describe how to peel and slice the oranges).

An example of a process map for repairing a defective unit after received by a customer. Notice that there is only one process step which has been mapped to a second level.

An example of a process map that illustrates the process for making two-piece aluminum beverage cans. The process begins with preparing the aluminum coil and ends with palletizing the cans.

The purpose of this example is to help identify all possible sources of variation that could have an influence on the performance of the process (expense payment for employees). Note that there are only two factors that could be adjusted.

This process map shows the steps required to make coffee drink. Note that there are only eight controllable factors that could be adjusted to influence the quality and taste of the coffee.

This is called a time-function process map, which is a process map with the time added on one axis and the function on the other axis. It is useful to identify and reduce the waiting times.

More information can be displayed in process maps using this tabular format, including the time it takes to perform each activity, the responsible person for each activity, input variables, KPI’s, etc.

It is often helpful to ask questions in order to to seek meaningful information and encourage everyone to participate.

There are three common types of flowcharts based on objective of the analysis. Several other types of flowcharts are also available within particular industries.

Other shapes may be used in flowcharts to describe the type of activities more specifically.

A cross-functional flowchart (or a swimlane flowchart) illustrates the sequence of activities required to accomplish a cross-functional process.