Value Stream Mapping

Value stream mapping is a technique to identify and eliminate wastes in the process.

What is Value Stream Mapping

Value stream mapping is a technique to identify and eliminate wastes in the process. The value stream mapping starts by sequencing all steps and processes that are required or not required to deliver value to the customer. The team identifies and removes all the non-value added activities and constraints one by one. Accordingly, the next bottleneck is removed, and the cycle of continuous improvement continues. Lean uses the value stream map to identify and eliminate waste.

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  • Value Stream Mapping steps

    1. Value Stream Mapping steps

    The steps to create a value stream map of a process are as follows:

    1. Identify the product or service to be analyzed.
    2. Identify the steps, queues, delays, and information flows in the process to create a value stream map of the process.
    3. Create flow by identifying and eliminating all forms of waste and their sources. Waste includes delays, constraints, bottlenecks, and non-value-added activities.
    4. Create a value stream map of the new future state by eliminating the waste identified in the previous step. This will result in an efficient process that addresses customer needs.
    5. Develop a plan to move from the current state to the future state.
    6. Strive for perfection by continually reviewing the process to identify opportunities for further optimization.
  • Seven Forms of Waste

    2. Seven Forms of Waste

    The Lean seven forms of waste (called muda in Japanese) include:

    1. Transport
    2. Inventories
    3. Motion
    4. Waiting
    5. Overproduction
    6. Overprocessing
    7. Defects