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Value Stream Mapping

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Get in touch with reality. Create self managing teams, improve work processes and implement a continuous improvement culture to serve your customers best.  

A Value Stream Map helps to understand the flow of products and people through a process. It identifies key material and information flows. Most management teams assumptions about what is happening on the shopfloor on a day-to-day basis do not align with reality of what is actually taking place.


A structured approach how to reveal reality and improve work processes is Value Stream Mapping  


(1) Identify (end-to-end) work processes


(2) Assemble the cross functional team

Put together a team and select your members wisely. Empower them with learning and development (lean principles, 7 types of Waste) to lead the change. 


(3) Create a current state of the work process with the team

What is the current reality? Walk the process, follow a job through the process, collect the data (inventory, people, time) and face facts.


(4) Create a future state of the work process

Shift focus from work being pushed in the pipeline to lean planning and work in progress control in order to actually complete projects.   


(5) Create an improvement plan and implement to achieve the future state

Create, select and implement the best solutions to pilot team(s) driven by methodology Plan -> Do -> Check -> Act -> Repeat. Are any obstacles hindering process? Use the theory of constraints (throughput, inventory, operational expense) to improve capacity at the bottleneck. 


(6) Visual management

Implement and use visual management to monitor and control the improved work process. What are the lessons learned? 


…with our head in the sky and feet in the mud