A PICK Chart is a very effective Lean Six Sigma tool used to categorize process improvement ideas during an LSS event. The purpose is to help identify the most useful ideas. The 2x2 grid is normally drawn on a white board or large flip-chart. Ideas that were written on sticky notes by team members are then placed on the grid based on the payoff and difficulty level. The acronym comes from the labels for each of the quadrants of the grid: Possible (easy, low payoff), Implement (easy, high payoff), Challenge (hard, high payoff), and Kill (hard, low payoff).


Using a PICK Chart

When using a PICK chart, the team members should be reminded that the purpose is to help identify the most useful ideas, especially those that can be accomplished immediately with little difficulty (called "Just-Do-Its").

An electronic record is created either after the meeting or during the meeting by someone assigned to document the proceedings on their laptop. When drawing the PICK Chart, draw the 2x2 grid and write the labels on the axes (Low to High Payoff and Easy to Hard Difficulty).

PICK Chart

Write "Just Do It" in the Implement quadrant, but you may want to avoid writing the names of the other quadrants because people may have a hard time categorizing something as hard and low payoff if they see the "Kill" label on the chart.

Keep it simple. If the team decides that it is important that an idea be ranked as 'extremely hard' or 'very high payoff', you can make a note of that or place it along a quadrant accordingly, but try to encourage team members to think of the chart as only 4 choices. Ranking the ideas along a continuous scale is a waste of time since the relative ranking is not going to be recorded and analytical people tend to argue too much about where exactly along the scale an item belongs.

Don't put an idea on a line between two quadrants. That just encourages the team to avoid making decisions. Discussion is good, but if it is taking too long, encourage the team to just pick a category and make a note to return to the discussion later if there is time.

PICK Chart Template

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PICK Chart Template
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This PICK chart spreadsheet is used to create an electronic record of how the process improvement ideas are categorized during an Lean Six Sigma event. When recording the ideas in the spreadsheet, just list them below the chart in the respective categories. In this spreadsheet, the PICK Chart is used for reference only.

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Wittwer, J.W., "PICK Chart for Lean Six Sigma", at Vertex42.com.