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Focused Lean & Clean Value Stream Mapping

Continual Improvement


Course Length

8 Hours

Max Attendees


Course Description

Based on the book Learning to See, from the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), participants in this course will learn the technique of Value Stream Mapping (VSM) to realize the waste that exist in their current process. The “Lean and Clean” VSM process consists of identifying product groupings (aka, value streams) in the organization, mapping a current state of material and information flow and assessing the inherent efficiency and environmental waste. Armed with now being able to “see” their waste, participants will learn the process of constructing a future state of their value streams and instituting an implementation plan of achieving that future state. The result is successful value stream mapping, a tool to direct lean improvements.

Course Objectives

  • Definition of value stream mapping
    • Material flow
    • Information flow
    • Process time vs. manufacturing lead time
  • Environmental Wastes and Metrics
  • The Four Rs  of environmental waste
  • How to identify value streams and product families
  • Value stream management
  • Creating a current state map
  • Creating a future state map using the eight questions for developing future state
  • Developing an implementation plan

Course Outline

Using LEI's Acme Stamping case study, participants will implement the value steam mapping process by analyzing data and mapping a current state, then applying lean concepts to design and map a future state. Along the way, participants will decide what improvements must happen to achieve the desired future state.