Flowchart in the context of seven basic quality tools is defined as to describe the graphical presentation of a process.
A process can be viewed as a sequence of activities performed collectively to achieve specific objectives. These sequences of activities include set of inputs, decision branch nodes and resultant output. A flowchart can be used to visualize the sequence of events of a process either performed sequentially or in parallel.
As per the PMBOK® Guide Flowcart is
Flowchart Example: For instance, if team wants to estimate items identified in the scope baseline, then there are certain steps iteratively to derive at realistic estimates.
Development of Flowchart-A Flowchart is developed after establishing the understandings of inputs, output, decision points and basis of decisions. Many professionals use SIPOC as an input to develop a visual representation of a process.
Here SIPOC (Supplier, Input Process, Output and Customer) is a model to document a process from beginning to end, where team members are agreed for the process sequences after summarizing all the input and output.
SIPOC is a result of brainstorming session between selected group of team members and other SME(s). In order to develop SIPOC model team starts with ‘P’ of SIPOC for the steps of processes. After identification of the process steps, list of output and customers are identified. The team continues from backward of SIPOC i.e. beginning with the supplier (S) first and then inputs of the processes are identified.
The result of SIPOC is generally represented in table as mentioned below; here numbers are allotted to each head of the table according to their sequence of consideration:
|4. Supplier||5. Input||1. Process||2. Output||3. Customer|
Other Important Usage of Flowchart-
In short, Flowchart can be used to develop, and improve the graphical presentation of a process and to identify cost of quality (COQ) by identifying non added value activities in the execution of the process. Thus, a flowchart presents the graphic picture of the project management process.
Flowchart is one of seven basic quality tool, you can watch and listen to the live video presentation on Seven Basic Tools of Quality here:
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