Value stream mapping is used to map information and materials through a production process that can also be used for transcribing the process.


  • 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.