Mapping Values on Paper
Value stream mapping is a tool or diagram that portrays a visual presentation of material and information as it flows from the raw material to the finished product in the hands of the customer. It can be used during manufacture or during the design of the product and helps eliminate waste at each stage. It is a communication tool, strategic planning tool, and change management tool, all rolled into one. It maps the present state of activities and processes with details like cycle times, down times, in-process inventory, material moves, and information flow paths, and shows how you can direct them to the future desired state. Value Stream Mapping:
- Identifies and decreases waste, with waste being defined as anything that does not add value to the process.
- Facilitates easy decision-making by making the flow visible
- Shows the connection between the information and material flows
- Serves as the foundation for the formation of an implementation plan