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A value-stream map is a paper-and-pencil representation of every process in the material and information flow, along with key data. It differs significantly from tools such as process mapping or layout diagrams because it includes information flow as well as material flow. Value-stream mapping is an overarching tool that gives managers and executives a picture of an entire process, both value and non value-creating activities. Rather than taking a haphazard approach to lean implementation, value-stream mapping establishes a direction for the company.
The Getting Started Set is four key LEI products that will quickly allow you to learn about, and get started doing, value-stream mapping.
This groundbreaking workbook, which has introduced the value-stream mapping tool to thousands of people around the world, breaks down the important concepts of value-stream mapping into an easily grasped format. The workbook, a Shingo Research Prize recipient in 1999, is filled with actual maps, as well as engaging diagrams and illustrations.
These generous-sized mapping pads are 11 x 17 inches so you have plenty of room to draw your current state. The mapping icons are conveniently reproduced in the right-hand margin where you can refer to them at a glance. 50 sheets per pad.
Implementation, not neatness, is what matters with value-stream mapping, but for those of us who have trouble drawing, a stencil can help. The stencil has larger, easier to see icons and includes icons for value-stream mapping in office or service environments. It is 10" x 5.75" and has 28 icons.
The Lexicon, first published in January 2003 and most recently updated in 2014, is 131 pages, containing 60+ illustrations and 207 key terms from A3 Report to Yokoten. The Lexicon covers such key lean enterprise terms as jidoka, kanban, kaizen, lean consumption, lean production, lean enterprise, pull production, standardized work, takt time, Toyota Production System, and value-stream mapping, and many more. It also has a simple, one-page guide to pronouncing Japanese terms.
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