When the VSM has been completed, and a list of kaizen opportunities is developed, the lean practitioner then re-designs the process and creates a Value Stream Design (VSD) which depicts the future state of the process, after all kaizen opportunities are implemented.

Without a proper plan, lean tools can be implemented sporadically. While fantastic projects might be achieved, you are at risk of developing “islands of excellence” – whilst material and/or information may flow quickly thorough these areas, it may grind to a halt waiting for the next process. The result can be a business that doesn’t flow any better than before.

Now you know that how to run an efficient business is to first understand your current state, contact a Vative Lean practitioner about developing a Value Stream Map (VSM) of your business system.

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