Value Stream Mapping Events

Value Stream Mapping is an essential tool for lean transformations. It identifies where the waste lies, in both your enterprise (using an EVSM, or Enterprise Value Stream Event) and your processes, in terms of information flow and product manufacturing/ production. The end result is a visual representation of the areas of improvement that will positively impact your bottom line.

During this multiday process, your American Lean consultant will kick off the VSM event by working with your team to determine the key processes or product families – the value streams – you wish to map. Then he will guide your team through two phases of mapping:

Current State Value Stream Map –
What It Is Now

Review the existing process flow to capture information such as:

  • Anticipated time it takes for one operator to flow information or material through the selected value stream
  • The number of operators involved in each process within the flow
  • The percentage of time operators are not available to work
  • The distance operators need to travel between processes during the flow
  • Anticipated inventory at each process location

Assess and determine the sources of waste within each individual process and categorize them

Calculate the ratio of value-added time to non-value-added time within the selected value stream

Map the process flow using icons to represent the individual processes

Future State Value Stream Map –
What You Want It To Be

Review how the current state map represents your vision and company strategy

Assess and determine sources of waste within each process and how they affect the overall enterprise business system

Assess and define areas to improve

Define team member roles and responsibilities during the future state deployment

Identify and prioritize key improvement opportunities

Plan Rapid Improvement Events to implement changes

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