Example: A small engineering firm believes there are problems with its hiring process. The order is first received by customer service, processed by accounting, then sent to the warehouse for picking.
However, information bogs down in "red tape" or with changing job descriptions. Input, process, and output can be thought of as a continuous loop. Compare the previous IPO model to the new one, explaining the changes and how they affect the team's performance.
For example, if you decide to outsource your product fulfillment, an old product fulfillment model will no longer be valid. Using the diagram in this way will build a stronger, more cohesive team.
The inputs represent the flow of data and materials into the process from the outside. The processing step includes all tasks required to effect a transformation of the inputs.
Building Stronger Teams Even in small businesses it is easy to develop a solitary view of company operations. Generally, the quality of the output product remains constant.
IPO diagrams are useful in different stages of a small business, such as planning, processing and troubleshooting.