Faster value stream maps
Diagramming the entire universe slows your organization down
By Terence T. Burton
Value stream mapping is one of the simplest and most useful continuous improvement tools. But many organizations are not getting the value they deserve from their VSM efforts. Often these initiatives begin without any clear end objectives in mind other than let’s document our processes and find our waste. In too many instances, the process of producing the VSM of the entire universe takes the place of what should be the original objective: continuous improvement and solving business problems.
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