Announcing the Process Excellence Periodic Table

Ever wonder what are all the different elements that go into making a process excellence deployment successful? Today’s process practitioners have an almost ever-expanding number of methodologies, tools and technologies at their disposal that making sense of it all can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming.

So wouldn’t it be nice to have a handy guide that outlined some of the most common of these?

That’s the thinking behind the Process Excellence Periodic Table. In this table, we detail some of the common methods, tools, technologies, metrics and goals of process excellence. Of course, you won’t find every single thing in this table in use throughout different organizations. Rather, companies take more of a pick-n-mix approach to process improvement using different approaches according to the objective and challenge at hand.   

So, with apologies to Dmitri Mendeleev who created the first chemical periodic table, here is our interpretation for process excellence (sorry it's so small - download an enlargeable version here):


We caution that it is not to be used to create and deploy more acronyms within your organization and we deny all responsibility in the event of further jargon creep. And if you want a giggle, check out the acronym for brainstorming….something that some might agree with!

Also, a special thank you to columnists Jeff Cole and Dan Morris for reviewing the first iteration of the table.