A PICK chart is a Lean Six Sigma tool for organizing process improvement ideas and categorizing them during the Identify and Prioritize Opportunities Phase of a Lean Six Sigma project. It allows for a visual comparison of action items regarding their relevance to the problem they address and the ease/cost of implementation. In VERY rudimentary terms, PICK charts are a Return On Investment (ROI) method.
What is a PICK chart, and what are its uses?
A PICK chart is a tool to prioritize several action items or problem-solving ideas. It helps you see how essential items compare to one another in terms of their relevance to the problem they're addressing. In VERY rudimentary terms, PICK charts are a Return On Investment (ROI) method.
When faced with multiple improvement ideas, you may use a PICK chart to determine the most useful.
What are the four categories on a PICK chart?
There are four categories on a 2*2 matrix; horizontal is the scale of payoff (or benefits), vertical is the ease of implementation. Four proposed project actions are provided by deciding where an idea falls on the pick chart: Possible, Implement, Challenge and Kill (thus the acronym PICK).
- Low payoff, easy to do - Possible
- High payoff, easy to do - Implement
- High payoff, hard to do - Challenge
- Low payoff, hard to do - Kill
Pros and cons of using a PICK chart in Product Development projects
There are pros and cons to using a PICK chart when it comes to product development projects.
- It can help you see the big picture and prioritize items.
- It can help you make sure you're not overlooking anything.
- It can help you get buy-in from other team members.
- It can be time-consuming.
- It can be challenging to get everyone on board.
- There's always the temptation to move items from one category to another.