Value stream mapping software
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How to start value stream mapping online
Determine the scope of your value stream map
Consider what type of analysis you wish to conduct with your VSM. You may be evaluating the entire process from raw materials to the final product or addressing a particular problem within your process.
Map the steps of your process
Record the individual steps of your process in data boxes on your map, with process data such as cycle time and changeover time at the bottom. Pay attention to how each step creates or detracts value from your process and how it meets established demands.
Add inventory and wait times
Connect the steps to show your entire process flow, adding solid lines for shipments, dotted arrows for material being pushed to the next stage, and triangles for inventory.
Designate the direction of information flows
To understand the general flow of information, analyze your value stream map for areas of flow vs. stagnation, push vs. pull, and level vs. erratic within your process.
Create a timeline
Within your value stream map, add a timeline with two levels: one showing the times for value added processes and one showing the times for non-value added processes. Analyze this data to improve the efficiency of your process.