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What to Look for When Evaluating Value Stream Mapping Software

Posted by Maggie Millard

Jun 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Value stream mapping is a technique that involves analyzing and improving the steps in any process that takes a service or product from the request into the hands of the customer. The goal is to compare the current state to a perfect state in which value is maximized and waste is eliminated. The result of value stream mapping is not the artifact of the map itself, but rather, the changes to processes that lead to positive change.

It is important to consider value stream mapping software with that goal in mind. Software that simply digitizes the map does little to support the underlying goal of improvement. Instead, the focus should be placed on features that are designed to document, accelerate, and capture the results of opportunities for improvement.

Here is how the right technology can support the entire value stream mapping process.

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Topics: Software, Value Stream Mapping

Why You Need To Go Beyond the Map with Value Stream Mapping Software

Posted by Greg Jacobson

Feb 10, 2016 12:14:23 PM

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Topics: Software, Value Stream Mapping

A Different Way to Think About Value Stream Mapping Software

Posted by Greg Jacobson

Apr 8, 2015 7:22:00 AM

Value stream mapping (VSM) is an approach to improvement that is part of the Lean improvement discipline. The idea is to graphically depict, analyze, and improve the flow of materials and information across multiple departments or organizations. Visualizing processes, especially complex ones, helps identify bottlenecks, waste, and opportunities for error. Once the current state map is well understood, a future state map can be devised to more efficiently deliver value to the customer.

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Topics: Software, Value Stream Mapping

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