1/ Identify the basic process steps before conduction your walkthrough/workshop

 

This helps your Value Stream Mapping team be familiar with the process and understand the level of detail that will be captured

 

2/ Identify data requirements in advance of the workshop

 

Leading on from point one for each step in the process agree the measure/data requirement – this will help reduce confusion and ensure continuity during the workshop

 

3/ Keep the map simple

 

Remember that there is no perfect value stream map and you should set out to capture all the sufficient information

 

4/ Walk the process

 

Before, during or after it doesn’t matter – walk your value stream to ensure that you understand the process – you will gain far more knowledge of the process if you witness the events yourself.

 

5/ Map the value stream as a team

 

Involve key stakeholders – people who understand the process and can contribute to the mapping activity – ensure you map the whole process together.

 

6/ Ask lots of questions

 

Don’t be afraid to ask! – To document the process ensure the team asks stakeholders what happens, why it happens, what are the inputs – what are the results – remember – a value stream mapping program is a data and information gathering exercise.

 

 

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