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Value-Stream Mapping: a Methodology for Sustainable System Improvement (2 Day Class)



Following this session participants will be able to:

  • Use fundamental lean mapping tools to identify and address issues in the value stream
  • Plan and implement a lean value-stream improvement project to achieve sustainable gains
  • Identify a project’s anticipated improvements in performance and communicate them to leadership to secure alignment

While many organizations have learned how to create current-state maps as a snapshot of their existing processes, many struggle with creating a future-state map of their value streams. All too often, the future-state map is just a drawing of a preconceived solution rather than the result of a rigorous lean thinking process. In addition, even fewer organizations are able to truly sustain a system-level problem solving effort during and beyond implementation.

This interactive workshop will utilize case studies to take you through EVERY step of the value-stream improvement process: preparation before mapping, current-state mapping, problem solving to design the future state, managing implementation of a lean transformation to plan, and continuing to support the value stream after implementation. Attendees are encouraged to join this workshop regardless of industry, as there will be several case studies provided to allow participants to examine the one most relevant to their industry.

Course Outline

  • Fundamentals of Lean Thinking
    • An overview of lean thinking and what it means for an organization to be lean
  • Identifying waste in non-production value streams
    • The 7 types of waste and what they might  look like in various processes
  • Scoping a value-stream improvement project (based on a case study)
    • Aligning leadership and gaining agreement on the goals and objectives of the project
    • Identifying key stakeholders and the participants of the implementation team
  • Drawing a current-state map
    • Understanding a value-stream map and the metrics that support the transformation
    • Use of the value-stream mapping tool to document and analyze a current-state map
  • Identifying the changes necessary to create a future-state map with a current-state map
  • Using lean tools to create a future-state map that addresses identified problems and achieves project objectives. 
  • Planning, implementing, and managing value-stream improvement using the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle (PDCA)


Who Should Attend

  • Managers, supervisors, lean coordinators, and change agents from any industry with multi-step processes, particularly (though not exclusively) those struggling to implement value-stream changes
  • Leaders who want to learn the principles and techniques for value-stream improvement in order to be more effective in developing problem-solving capabilities of their people.






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Price: $1,600.00 ($1,400.00 if the participant is taking 2 or more workshops at one location)
Price includes all participant materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks each day

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