Value Stream Mapping

Once you have decided to become a Lean Enterprise, you will need an action plan. Value Stream Mapping is the tool of choice to help you decide where, and in what order, changes need to be implemented. Value Stream Mapping is a simple yet effective way of visually depicting the current situation and then the desired outcome with an improved flow of the operation. These before and after maps depict both physical movement and information flow required to make things happen. Value Stream Mapping works by showing the actual state of the business rather than the theoretical one. It provides a view of reality at the work place. This 2 day course will show in detail how to develop both current state and future state Value Stream Maps (VSM) that will be needed to implement a true lean environment.


The training is custom-built to help managers:

Show the methodology of Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
Demonstrate nomenclature and standards
Describe how to segment business activities to map
Show how to develop product families
Give instruction on data gathering
Understand how to develop a Current State map
Understand how to develop a Future State map


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the different symbols used for VSM
  • Identify the different major elemental parts of a VSM
  • Use the VSM to identify needed Kaizen events
  • Development a current and future state value stream map
  • Know how VSMs can be used in improvement initiatives
  • Be able to recognize opportunities for improvement in the workplace


Course Outline/Components

A. Introduction to Value Streams

a. What is Value
b. Value Stream Map

B. Where to Start
C. 7 Steps of Value Stream Mapping

    1. Selecting Value Stream to Map
    2. Go to See
    3. Current State VSM
    4. Metrics
    5. Learn About Lean
    6. Future State
    7. Creating Plans