Process Component

The parts of a process: inputs, outputs, mechanisms, and controls. Inputs are resources or data that must be present, and “triggers” ” (different types of events) that invoke a process.
Mechanisms are the “tools,” including machines, systems, and people, that perform “activities,” the actions upon and in response to the inputs.
Controls are the requirements, constraints, guides, and restraints; and defining laws, policies, rules and regulations that shape and determine the actions upon the inputs. Mechanisms and controls can be the same: for example, regulations, money, or people.
Outputs are the results of the actions of the mechanisms, guided by the controls and mechanisms, upon the inputs. Optimally, outputs are services or products meeting or exceeding the time, quality, or cost expectations of an organization’s customers. They may also be events that trigger other processes in the same or in a different organization.