Introduction to VSM

Introduction to VSM

By Discovery Lean Six Sigma

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In this video, Gemba Academy’s Ron Pereira talks about one of the key lean tools: value stream mapping.

Video covers following topics:

  • What is value stream?
  • What is value stream mapping?
  • Why value stream mapping?
  • 8 steps to creating VSM’s

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In their book Lean thinking (1996), Womack and Jones described a specific action plan for successful lean transformation. In the first phase of the action plan, they recognize the need to identify value streams and map them by product family, with a goal of sustainable lean improvement.

Toyota developed method known as “Material and Information Flow Mapping” which was later popularized as value stream mapping by the book Learning to See (1999).


Womack, J. P. and Jones, D. T. (1996). Lean thinking: banish waste and create wealth in your corporation. Simon and Schuster.

Rother, M. and  Shook, J. (1999). Learning to see: value stream mapping to add value and eliminate muda. Lean Enterprise Institute.



By: Mihael
Posted: March 8, 2016, 10:59 am

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