Value Stream Mapping
Visualize Improvement Opportunities
A Value Stream is the set of all actions (both value added and non-value added) required to bring a specific product or service from raw material through to the customer.
Value Stream Mapping is an essential Lean tool that gives you a visual representation of the product information and material flow through a value stream. With Value Stream Mapping you can:
- visualize production workflow from beginning to end (customer to supplier)
- diagnose problems fast and clear roadblocks quickly
- find immediate improvement opportunities
How to Select the Right Team for VSM
Value Stream Mapping projects begin by clearly defining the current state and carefully drawing a visual representation of every process in the material and information flow. To get an accurate picture of what’s really happening, it is important to involve all of the key individuals participating in that value stream as part of your team.
Creating a team charter that defines the problem clearly and sets the project scope is the first step, which is followed by physically walking through the process and collecting key data. Then a current state map can be developed, from which your team can brainstorm and work together to develop ideas for potential improvements. This leads to an objective plan for an improved future state – one that is based on better flow and less waste.
Once the new processes for material and information flow are implemented, the team can then go back and create a fresh Value Stream Map that measures the real-time results of the improvements and illustrates further opportunities for adjustments and even better flow.
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The Benefit of Outside Expertise in Value Stream Mapping
Lean improvements focus on maximizing value stream profitability. This requires developing a set of measurements throughout the organization that thoroughly reflect the company’s Lean strategies and goals. Your team will have some normal adjustment issues as traditional measurements are replaced with Lean performance measurements designed to motivate and monitor behavior. Bringing in an outside expert can be key to your overall success.
With decades of experience in objective Value Stream Mapping, we know how to engage your entire team in the process of improving results and actively contributing to company goals. Our experts are specially trained and experienced in Value Stream Mapping at both door-to-door and process levels, encompassing both office and production/service deliver environments. They are also experienced in using the extended value stream map to suppliers and customers.
Establish the Best Performance Measurements
Your team’s behavior will be driven by how progress are measured; this is human nature. This makes selecting your measurement metrics key to your success in Value Stream Mapping.
The old adage “what you measure is what you get” will hold true, making it crucial to provide your staff with the rapid and relevant feedback that keeps them engaged in your improvement efforts.
How Value Stream Mapping Helps your Continuous Improvement Efforts
- Value Stream Mapping is ideal for providing a system perspective of “the big picture” at 10,000 feet
- Using Value Stream Mapping, you can visualize more than the single process flow
- This Lean tool creates a common language for your team to discuss and evaluate processes or systems, and makes decisions about flow immediately apparent. It is vital in tying Lean concepts and techniques together.
- With the visual nature of Value Stream Mapping, it is easy for all team members to see areas of waste and identify their true sources. This gives you a firm foundation for an improvement plan.
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