Supplier, Input, Process, Output, Customer (SIPOC)

Businesses take in inputs from suppliers. Value is added to those inputs through an internal process which provides outputs to customers.

One has to consider all the “moving parts” of the organizational system.






Raw Materials

Human Resources

Financial Resources



Transforming Inputs to Outputs

Tools; Enabling Systems; Skills; Structure; Style; Symbols

Goods / Services

Employee Behavior

Profits / Losses

Waste / Pollution


(McShane, 2005. p.22) Italicized words added by the author

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Staffing a Startup: Getting to Operations

As an entrepreneur, you’ve been fighting the good fight and trying to get your business started. You’ve done well. Now, it’s time to get some more help. You are probably driven to address a very near-term, specific problem. That’s a necessity of developing your product.

Keep in mind that investors look at how you are operating the business as well your technical progress. Keep a long-term perspective in mind. As your product matures and proceeds to being sold, you need to staff several functional organizations.

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How do You Transition from Technology Expert to Supervisor and Leader?

You started a business as a technology expert with the vision of a successful product. You
started all alone. Then, you got to a spot where you have to bring on other people to help you.

So, now you’re a supervisor. News flash – not everybody feels the same way about their work. Supervisors are the front-line presence representing the company to the employees. Things get done because supervisors and employees work together. Continue reading

From an Office of Chaos to an Office of Organization

apple-desk-designer-displayLife is crazy and it is easy to let chaos turn that part of your brain which keeps everything in order off. In an instant your office can go from being a pristine example of immaculate tidiness to a disaster zone of uncontrolled disarray. Some claim that they work better with a mess and that they have their own “system” beneath the piles of paper and tools, but to other people clutter is simply just clutter. The truth of the matter is people tend to feel more productive when they have a sense organization. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Professional Organizers, 91% of the response group thought that they could be more productive at work if they felt organized. But what impact does disorganization have on a work? 50% of a worker’s time—estimated by one of the “Big Four” auditing firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers—is spent looking for misplaced materials due to disorganization. These statistics show that organization does matter! When you take the time to sort through the disorder it not only cleans up your office but it also organizes your mind allowing you to think clearly. So it is obvious, organization leads to less wasted time which in turn can increase productivity. But the question many people struggle with remains: How do I get organized? Where should I start? Continue reading

The Startup Christmas List


It’s that time of year again. All of your family and friends keep asking you what you want for Christmas, and you don’t have a clue as to what you want. You haven’t even figured out what you’ll be getting them. Well, that’s what this list is for. Featured below are some very impressive products from a variety of startups. First, you will see a few tech startups with products that would make great gifts (Who doesn’t like cool tech?). Then, we featured a few local Detroit startups that are making both great products and a difference in the community.

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