A Current State Map will detail the process steps and be used as a baseline from which tremendous improvement opportunities may be discovered. This process will allow the participants to identify which activities are value added and non-value added. This discovery process will expose some of the most hidden non-value activities. Reducing time spent on those activities that do not create value is essential to achieving the goal of becoming a Lean Enterprise. A Future State Map will then be drawn by the team that outlines a proposed revised process. Noted on this map will be activities (Kaizen, Quick Change, KanBan, etc.) that must be accomplished to achieve the Future State. Implementation plans are outlined with timing, persons responsible and expected measurable results.

Best bottom line results are achieved when you complete a number of Kaizen events from a single Future State Value Stream Map.

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