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How to do Value Stream Mapping – Part 1

This is a video by LEANLAB and it’s available on

Why Value Stream Mapping?

The main reason is that if you focus on one process and not on the whole system, your customer could not feel the difference. Focusing only on one process is like to improve only the engine of a car by leaving the wheels deflated. So, to improve your company, you have to focus on the flow and the value of the entire stream and not only on one single point.

Benefits of Value Stream Mapping.

It is a collaborative tool. Can be understood by everybody. Help you to focus where it counts. You can see both Material and Information flow.

Where to start Value Stream Mapping?

There is no point to start mapping the entire company. It is important to start where you can get results immediately. So, the best place to start is where a customer is unhappy or on SKU’s that give the company a significant income. For example, if the company sell the SKU 1234 that generate an annual income of $10.000 and the SKU 5678 that generate $500.000, I will strongly suggest mapping the second one.

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