Process Mapping

The DMAIC Cycle

Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control

DEFINE: Determine the current state of your process...

  • Bring teams together to discuss objectives and challenges
  • Collect historical data to quantify current procurement system costs
  • Map a complete path of product, from identified demand to material receipt

MEASURE: Collect data...

  • Enter all possession and acquisition costs to create a baseline total cost
  • Graph baseline cost as a starting point to measure future improvements

ANALYZE: Use the collected data to identify waste...

  • Review the current state process and determine which steps are non-value-added
  • Review 6S audit to avoid any missed opportunities
  • Identify sources of waste (8 Central Wastes)
  • Create a future state summary that previews how the process will work once non-value-added activities have been removed; compare current state vs. future savings

IMPROVE: Discuss potential improvement opportunities and begin implementation...

  • Present current state findings and recommended implementation to stakeholders
  • Begin implementation process improvements

CONTROL: Create an environment that promotes sustainability and continuous improvement...

  • Establish quarterly meetings to review progress and drive continuous improvement
  • Use meetings to present cost savings documentation and 6S material for future savings opportunities
Additional Information


Did You Know?

Collaboration with suppliers is one of the four best practices that separate the best purchasing organizations from the rest.

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