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Value Analysis

Value Analysis

Value is one of the most important concepts within Lean thinking and one of the most valuable outcomes Lean provides. Value Analysis focuses on what adds value to business processes as perceived by the customer. A process that does not add value to the product or service should be redesigned or eliminated altogether. Problem solving and continuous improvement efforts often focus on those aspects of processes that add no value to the customer and are therefore wasteful. Read more »»

Waste Analysis

Waste Analysis

In a Lean culture, Waste is anything that doesn’t add value from the customer’s perspective. It includes activities and resources beyond what is needed to meet customer requirements. Waste Analysis involves identifying, quantifying, eliminating and preventing waste in manufacturing, service and office environments. Many Lean tools and techniques focus on continually identifying and eliminating these wastes to bring efficiency and effectiveness to existing processes, and this is one of the core principles of Lean thinking. Read more »»

Value Stream Mapping


Value Stream Mapping

A Value Stream Map (VSM) is a visual representation that helps to understand the flow of value in a business process as perceived by the customer. Its primary goal is to identify and eliminate waste (Muda) and make the process as close to lean as possible. It is considered as an improvement tool rather than just a definition of how the process operates or should operate. Although it is often associated with manufacturing, it can also be applied in product development and service related industries such as: healthcare, hospitality and logistics.

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Process Chart Template

A Flow Process Chart is a representation showing the sequence of activities within a process. This type of process map is preferable when documenting sequential processes that contain few decisions. This template allows to record the steps of a process in a tabular format. It is often used to identify waste by analyzing the non-value adding steps, long delays and excessive transportation. It then produces performance indicators such as; total value added time, distance traveled for transport activities, and value stream ratio.

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Observations and Gemba Walks

Observation

An Observation is a data collection method used to gather detailed information about a process or a situation. It allows the observer to collects data in real time at the location where the data is generated. Observations are commonly used during process improvement and change management initiatives as well as in customer service environments. They are often used to fully document the value stream of a process, measure the actual performance against organizational goals, and acquire benchmark information to get an idea of the current performance levels against competitors and industry leaders.

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Flow Process Chart

Flow Process Chart

A Flow Process Chat is a symbolic representation that illustrates the sequence of activities within a process. It is used to record and analyze the activities that make up a process to determine which add value and which do not. Activities can be any operation, inspection, storage, transportation, and delay actions that are carried out by an individual person, a team, a machine, a computer system, or a combinations of all.

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