Value Stream Mapping Process
Sandeep Ashtekar, Project Manager, India
Important objective of VSM is to be able to identify and eliminate waste
. Waste could be in form of unwanted process steps, or certain activity taking more time than needed, or waiting in a queue for some other activity to get completed.
One way would be to form a process step matrix
, and map for example the time that each step should take
(current, expected, and best case). Identify those steps or tasks that have a large difference between the current and best case. These are your Kaizen points. See what fine tuning is required here to make the process more efficient.