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PICK (Possible-Implement-Challenge-Kill) Charts

The PICK Chart, originally developed by Lockheed Martin, is a visual tool for depicting and organizing ideas about possible options on a process improvement project. A PICK chart has 4 quadrants: Possible, Implement, Challenge and Kill (hence, “PICK”).

PICK charts are often used after brainstorming sessions to help a process improvement team identify which ideas can be implemented easily and have a high payoff.

A PICK chart uses a large grid, two squares high and two squares across. The horizontal axis of the chart is the scale of payoff (or benefits); the vertical axis is ease of implementation.

The quadrants on the PICK Chart are:

  • Possible - Possible ideas: easy to implement but have a low payoff.
  • Implement - Implement ideas: easy to implement and a high payoff.
  • Challenge – Challenge ideas: hard to implement, but likely to have a high payoff.
  • Kill - “Kill” ideas: hard to implement and have a low payoff.

PICK chart