Problem-Solving Resource Center

Value Stream Maps

What They Are Used For

  • To analyze the how each step in a process is performing against its key measures.

When to Use It

  • To create a Current State Map at the start of an improvement initiative to show the steps in the process and the current performance levels for each step.
  • To help identify process steps that can be eliminated or improved and formulate a Future State Map.

Important Notes

  • A Future State Map envisions the “to-be” condition where the plan is to ensure that all workflow elements add-value.
  • The State Maps (Current and Future) should show interactions with the supply chain and customers as well as internal processes.

Future State Map