Mike Rother Mike is also a co-author of Creating Continuous Flow: an action guide for managers, engineers and production associates, which received a Shingo prize in 2003. He also co-developed the Training to See kit that teaches facilitators how to run value-stream mapping workshops. His latest book is Toyota Kata (McGraw-Hill). Mike is an engineer, a researcher, teacher, consultant, and speaker on the subjects of management, leadership, improvement, adaptiveness, and change in human organizations. His affiliations have included the Industrial Technology Institute (Ann Arbor), the University of Michigan College of Engineering, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Stuttgart), and the Technical University Dortmund. Mike began his career in the manufacturing division of Thyssen AG in Germany. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI, and Cologne, Germany.
John Shook Shook learned about lean management while working for Toyota for nearly 11 years in Japan and the U.S., helping it transfer production, engineering, and management systems from Japan to NUMMI and subsequently to other operations around the world. While at Toyota's headquarters, he became the company's first American kacho (manager) in Japan. In the U.S., Shook joined Toyota’s North American engineering, research and development center in Ann Arbor, MI, as general manager of administration and planning. His last position with Toyota was as senior American manager with the Toyota Supplier Support Center in Lexington, KY, assisting North American companies implement the Toyota Production System. As co-author of Learning to See John helped introduce the world to value-stream mapping. John also co-authored Kaizen Express, a bi-lingual manual of the essential concepts and tools of the Toyota Production System. In his latest book Managing to Learn, he describes the A3 management process at the heart of lean management and leadership.
Shook is an industrial anthropologist with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii, and is a graduate of the Japan-America Institute of Management Science. He is the former director of the University of Michigan, Japan Technological Management Program, and faculty of the university’s Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering. Shook also helps companies learn lean management through the Lean Transformations Group, LLC, and the TWI Network, Inc.
Value-Stream Mapping A "Manufacturing Engineering" article by Jim Womack on the purpose and process of value-stream mapping.
Each of the LEI workbooks has a corresponding workshop where you can practice the tools and concepts introduced in the workbooks.
Value-Stream Mapping for Manufacturing Using a manufacturing case study you'll learn how to identify a product family, how to see the entire value stream for a particular product family, how to map the value stream to identify and eliminate waste, what makes a value stream lean, and how to develop a plan to achieve results.
Value-Stream Mapping for Office & Service This interactive workshop demonstrates how to apply value-stream mapping, a fundamental and critical tool, to make a fundamental change in business processes such as administrative, professional, and transactional activities. You will see how the key elements of lean thinking and value-stream mapping apply to such activities by identifying key processes to tackle, drawing an accurate current-state map of each process, applying lean principles to envision a leaner future-state for each process, and implementing the future-state in a way that can be sustained.
If you prefer to learn at your own pace, LEI now offers an online version of our popular Value-Stream Mapping for Manufactuing workshop
Value-Stream Mapping for Manufacturing - Online Workshop The workshop allows you to move at your own pace through five clear, comprehensive sessions. After each session, a brief quiz checks your understanding of the material. Most importantly, the workshop is designed to be used in conjunction with an actual shop-floor mapping project, an effective learn-by-doing approach.
Value-stream mapping icons for Excel Although LEI does not advocate using computer software to map your value streams because mapping can only be done by personal observation on the work floor with pencil and paper, we have found that there can be value in transferring a map into an electronic format that can be shared. So at the request of some of our readers we have posted the most commonly used mapping icons so that they can be downloaded for Excel spreadsheets.
LEI Workbook set Buy all six of LEI's workbooks together and save 15%. Learn how to implement lean at the process, plant, and entire value-stream level with these Shingo Award winning books.
Learning to See & Creating Continuous Flow set Buy LEI's first two workbooks together and save 15%. Learning to See, a key initial step in a lean conversion, teaches you the value-stream perspective that is fundamental to lean and the effective use of lean tools. Creating Continuous Flow, the follow-up workbook, zooms in from the dock-to-dock value-stream perpective to the cell level to help you achieve true continuous flow at your critical pacemaker process.
Learning to See & Seeing the Whole Value Stream set Learning to See, a key initial step in a lean conversion, teaches you the value-stream perspective for a product family within a single facility. Seeing the Whole Value Stream, by Jim Womack and Dan Jones, extends the mapping process for product families beyond the walls of individual facilities to encompass entire value streams.