Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping

The most in-depth way to look at the effectiveness of business and manufacturing processes is through a Value Stream Mapping (VSM) project. VSM provides a clear view of how various business processes are related to each other and assesses the need for those processes and how efficient they really are. During Value Stream Mapping, a model is Value Stream Mapcreated which shows how much time, effort and cost is required for a specific process. It is applicable to small functional processes, manufacturing processes such as building a product and complex horizontal processes such as order entry to cash or understanding the interdependencies of a global supply chain. Value Stream Mapping is as much about getting people to think about improving the processes they own as it is about getting to the details of how a process really works and giving the organization the tools and skills to implement long term improvement. A VSM project:
  • Realizes immediate results
  • Identifies causes of waste (Muda), in-efficient process flow (Mura) and misaligned capacities (Muri)
  • Provides significant insight to lead times and bottlenecks in any business process, supply chain or manufacturing process
  • Identifies the shadow systems inside the business which are wasteful and error prone
  • Identifies organizational issues that contribute to process inefficiencies
  • Formulates a roadmap that outlines the short, medium and long term projects that will take the current state to a future state that will deliver a significant ROI

These are fairly typical deliverables for a VSM project. Group50 has a series of tools it uses during its VSM project activities including Lean Business and Lean Manufacturing Assessments which are part of our Company Physical®. We extensively use Kaizan techniques and other core Continuous Improvement Tools for implementing short term projects and planning the mid and longer term projects and transfer the requisite knowledge and tools so that people in the organization can continue without us. The following recent articles provide more insight on this topic:

For more information on how Value Stream Mapping can help you understand the inner workings of your business or pieces of it, call us at (909) 949-9083, mail us at or request more information here.


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