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The Value Stream Mapping (VSM) Course is designed for companies implementing Lean practices in their enterprise.  Value Stream Mapping, also known as Material and Information Flow Mapping, is used to depict current and future states in the process of implementing Lean principles and practices.

Value Stream Mapping is all the actions (value add and non value add) required to bring a company’s product through the main flows essential to product manufacture (door-to-door flow from supplier raw material to the end customer).  The VSM Course teaches the pencil and paper methodology that helps company associates see and understand the flow of material and information as the product moves through the value stream.

7 Step Value Stream Mapping Process:

Step 1 – Sponsor and Value Stream Team – The VSM sponsor is typically the site leader with the ability to allocate resources across the organization to meet the VSM strategy and objectives.

The Value Stream Manager leads the VSM team through the material and information flow mapping exercise for understanding a product family’s value stream and improving it.

Step 2 – Select Process to be Mapped – VSM is walking and drawing the process steps for one product family (value stream) from door-to-door in the factory.  The value stream or product family chosen to be mapped is a group of products with similar processing steps and equipment.

Step 3 – Produce Current State Map – Producing the current state map requires walking the entire value stream and collecting the current state material and information flow.  All mapping icons will be covered along with the step-by-step methodology to map the current state.  A sample company’s information will be used to illustrate a current state map.

Step 4 – Critique Current State – Six guidelines will be reviewed to help create the future state.  The considerations in putting the future state together consist of:

* Produce to Takt Time

* Flow Manufacturing

* Utilize Supermarkets to Control Production

* Schedule the Pacemaker Process

* Level Production

* Determine the Increment of Work For Release and Withdrawal at the Pacemaker Process

Step5 – Create Future State Map – Answering the six guidelines outlined in Step 5 critique current state helps identify the process improvements necessary for value stream improvements.  All Future state icons are covered along with a sample current state and improved future state example.

Step 6 – Create an Action Plan and Deploy – Value stream maps look at the entire flow.  In most cases the improvement required to achieve the future state will have to be broken into implementation steps.

Typically implementation steps include: supplier loop improvements, production and pacemaker loops.

Step 7 – Measure Benefits – Compare the current state of lead time, inventory levels and inventory turns to future state implemented improvements.

Recommended Audience: This course is designed for General Managers, Value Stream Managers, Manufacturing Engineering, Lean/Process Improvement Leaders, and Value Stream Associates.