The Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is part of the Identify stage of the lean project, after the Define stage of the problem. VSM is a powerful tool which identify the different types of wastes and identify opportunities for improvement. VSM tool can be used in a large majority of processes and problems in transactional and manufacturing environments.

Candidate Qualifications

VSM are trained specialists who lead lean projects in their own areas and Ideal candidates are results-oriented self-starters with good technical, communication and inter-personal skills. They should excel at working in a team environment.

Who should attend?

Individuals who have responsibility for reducing costs and waste, and improving efficiency and customer value at the organizational or departmental level

Course objective:

  • To provide participants with a thorough understanding of the VSM tool.
  • To impart the knowledge participant will need to successfully apply the VSM tools as a member or leader of an improvement team.
  • To give participants a familiarity with leading brainstorming sessions and learn how to facilitate a VSM workshop to efficiently identify projects wastes and areas for im[provment.

Course content:


  • Introduction to Lean for Service and Manufacturing,
  • Pull Versus Push
  • Types of wastes
  • Information and product flow
  • VSM Overview
  • VSM tools

VSM Pre-work

  • Define the problem
  • Team members
  • Project scope
  • SMART Goal

VSM Session

  • Pre session preparation
  • Introduction to VSM symbols
  • VSM components
  • Process cycle time efficiency
  • Identify all types of wastes
  • Identify areas for opportunities

Granting Degree:

A VSM facilitator certificate shall be granted for those who complete the requirements for certification from Lean6sigma Academy.
Duration: 1 days.

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