The 'Best of the Best' Process Map Format

Marc

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Folks, I know there are a lot of examples of process maps posted as attachments here in different threads. For those of you who have an opinion and know how to get and paste a post link, I'd like to 'litter' this thread with links to the format(s) you are most impressed with. Or you can attach an example of what you consider to be 'The Best of the Best'.

One I saw in a thread here somewhere had the center as a basic flow chart with Responsibilities, Inputs, and Outputs on the side (which, of course, now that I'm looking for it I can't find...). I have seen this done in Excel, but... Excel isn't my ideal. I have even thought of a using a database where each line is a 'step'.

I am also looking for anyone who uses SmartDraw to do process maps.
 

Sidney Vianna

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Best of the best

Marc said:
Or you can attach an example of what you consider to be 'The Best of the Best'.
Marc, one of the best I have seen was developed by one of the sites of Solar Turbines, a Caterpillar subsidiary and a 1998 MBNQA winner.

See attached!

 

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Wes Bucey

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Sidney Vianna said:
Marc, one of the best I have seen was developed by one of the sites of Solar Turbines, a Caterpillar subsidiary and a 1998 MBNQA winner.

See attached
I was impressed by the PowerPoint slide.
I was even more impressed when I looked at the slide properties and saw 56 revisions and the total editing time was over 10,000 minutes! Can that be right? or did the designer go on vacation and leave the project live on his computer?
Total editing time 10919 minutes divided by 60 = 181.983 hours divided by eight-hour days = 22.75 (rounded) days divided by five day weeks = 4.55 weeks!

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Sidney Vianna

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Since you have to know, the slide is only one of a VERY long PowerPoint presentation that Solar uses to depict their business management processes and also illustrate their transition from old QMS to newer QMS, thus the document properties.

Now, let me ask you one question

1. what is that award medal/decoration in the your picture available at the ASQ newsletter for the June meeting?
 

Wes Bucey

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Sidney Vianna said:
Since you have to know, the slide is only one of a VERY long PowerPoint presentation that Solar uses to depict their business management processes and also illustrate their transition from old QMS to newer QMS, thus the document properties.

Now, let me ask you one question

1. what is that award medal/decoration in the your picture available at the ASQ newsletter for the June meeting?
That photo was from an award ceremony at another Association where I was presented with a medal for outstanding service to the Association. That medal, the photograph, and a free dinner was my pay for a forty-five minute keynote address on educating new hires and helping them become assimilated into the corporate culture. (I even had to pay for my own parking!) I got a better deal from my Section - they gave me free dinner and a notebook I use every day plus parking was free! I also won the doorprize drawing for a bottle of Sake. (I'm not sure I know where the medal is anymore - stuck in some drawer, I suppose. I also have a garage full of trophies from a variety of activities and speeches that I'm trying to figure how to recycle.)
 

Marc

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Not yet. Right now I have a clent which has had the same flow charted procedures from back in 1992-3. They're overly simple for 'today' and they're QS going to TS. So - I've been looking at different formats - There's one I found here once I really, really like but of course can't find it now.

I'm looking at SmartDraw, which this is in. I have large tables right now but mainly for 'place holders. It's mainly a concept document at this point. It's easy to put in tables so I was thinking small tables to the sides at each flow chart block. I definitely want to have a 'Key' somewhat like what is at the bottom.

I am looking at what Sidney V and Jonell posted and hope some more are posted. I'm also going through the attachments list and have downloaded most of what I have found there. Since I started this thread, I will try to find time to put some links to some I have downloaded in this thread soon.

The bottom line is I want to take a good look before I settle on a format. The format they currently use I helped set up back in 1992 and it has lasted almost 12 years. I want the format I come up with to (hopefully) last at least 10 years and will be 'acceptable' for TS 16949.

These will mainly be level 2 and some level 3's. They use a software package for floor level work instructions which I'm ambivalent about and they don't plan to change those.
 
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engjane

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An example

This is a diagram I received from a friend that I think is pretty good albeit in Excel (which I know Marc is not so hooked on but for us mere mortals, Microsoft is the only way)
I like the colour coding and the use of references to documents – its hard to visualize without information you’ll have to trust me that it looks good.

Maybe its not the most standardised format but I hope it can give someone an idea, as it did for me (thanks DeAnne!) :eek:

Jane
 

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