Value stream mapping is used to map information and materials through a production process that can also be used for transcribing the process. BENEFITS It’s quick and easy to learn It helps portray the process from the start of the production process to the end It help finds bottlenecks It helps find waste within the process It’s a group exercise and therefore can involve your workforce as part of your lean improvement program You can use a completed value stream map as an improvement aide to document transitions to a future state value stream map Its an inexpensive tool – all you need is a paper and pen! It can be easily critiqued by your workforce (using post it notes) to highlight problems that exist within the process It’s not just for manufacturing! Value stream mapping has been used in offices, service industries health-care etc. It’s easy to understand – With a little bit of training on VSM icons – maps are easy to understand conveying power-full process in a simple pictorial fashion.