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Learning to See Book Club Questions


Value-stream maps are the blueprints for lean transformations and Learning to See is an easy-to-read, step-by-step instruction manual that teaches this valuable tool to anyone, regardless of his or her background.

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. 

To encourage you to become actively involved in the learning process, Learning to See contains a case study based on a fictional company, Acme Stamping. You begin by mapping the current state of the value stream, looking for all the sources of waste. After identifying the waste, you draw a map of a leaner future state and a value-stream plan to guide implementation and review progress regularly.

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1. Which of the Learning to See questions (inside the front cover) is typically most difficult for you to address? Why?

2. What is a good “flight level” from which to begin analyzing a value stream using value stream mapping (VSM): a) detailed process level, b) factory or department level, c) from first upstream supplier all the way to final customer? Why?

3. Describe any difference you see between a) analyzing a CS map for opportunities to eliminate waste and b) analyzing a FS map to identify the changes required to make it the new CS map. Is the difference important? Why?

4. What differences exist between using the VSM process in factory versus office settings

5. How does VSM impact teamwork?

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