This method was developed and perfected in Toyota’s manufacturing plants by Taiichi Ohno in the 1950's. Today, it can help you to analyse your workflow and design a future flow with minimal waste.
How it works.
Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a direct extension of a simple process map with additional information to determine value and waste.
Take your process map and drill down to add the following details to each action (see our VSM for paper planes below):
- Inputs and outputs
- Cycle time - how long does it take the person responsible to complete this specific activity
- Wait time - how long after the previous activity has finished, does the responsible person start the next activity
Adopting a ‘Just-in-time' management philosophy and applying VSM will allow you to focus on waste reduction. In turn, you’ll be able to increase output, reduce downtime and make time for other value-add tasks you’ve been meaning to implement.