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Value-Stream Mapping

Learning to See: Value-Stream Mapping is a powerful Lean tool used to optimize the dynamic work environment and is typically applied following application of the 5S System which is used to optimize the static work environment. This series of six discussions/application sessions is targeted at providing participants with the knowledge and skills needed to apply value-stream mapping in their work spaces. The discussions are focused on Mike Rother’s and John Shook’s guide, Learning to See: Value-stream mapping to create value and eliminate muda.

Session 1: Getting Started –

• What is Value-Stream Mapping?

• Material and Information Flows

• Selecting a Product Family

• Using the Mapping Tool

• The “Eight Wastes of Lean”

• Value-Stream Mapping a Trip

Session 2: The Current State Map –

• A Few Mapping Tips

• Drawing the Current State Map

• Discussion of Key Lean measurements

o Cycle Time (C/T)

o Value-Creating Time (VCT)

o Lean Time (L/T)

Session 3: What Makes a Value-Stream Lean?

• Overproduction

• Characteristics of a Lean Value Stream

• Calculating TAKT time

• Supermarket Pull System

• Selecting the “Pacemaker Process”

Session 4: The Future-State Map –

• Drawing the Future-State Map

• Building to a Supermarket

• Building Directly to Shipping

• Location of Supermarkets

• Determining Location for Pacemaker

• Load-Leveling

Session 5: Applying Value-Stream Mapping -

• Meeting with individual work area employees and reviewing Value-Stream Mapping.

• Selecting an initial value-stream to map.

• Making some initial estimates of productivity gains this process could identify.

Session 6: Achieving the Future State –

• Review of most important lessons learned

• Review of management’s role in making value-stream mapping improvements happen.

• Selecting value-streams to map

• Developing “Value Sensitivity” in all employees