Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

Published on 21 January 2020

When the Value Stream Mapping (VSM) has been completed, and a list of kaizen (Continuous Improvement) opportunities are 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” – while materials and 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.

Running an efficient business first requires understanding your current state.

If you need help understanding your current inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement, contact a Vative Lean practitioner about developing a Value Stream Map (VSM) of your business system.