Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is probably the main analysis tool and the most used in the lean toolbox. Easy to understand and handle, VSM is the starting point of improvement workshops and kaizen eve…
Thoughtful comments, as usual from Chris Hohmann.
However, we need to go further and question the wisdom of reducing Lean implementation to Value-Stream Mapping and kaizen events when neither tool is central to the Toyota Production System.
“Value-Stream Mapping,” which is really materials and information flow mapping, is a minor tool at Toyota, used only with suppliers who have delivery problems. And “kaizen events” don’t exist at Toyota.