What you will learn
Although the aim of Value Stream Mapping is to find and eliminate all sources of waste in a process, most approaches fail to do this. Most rely on a round-robin style of waste identification that is grounded in the subjective experience of those working in the process. Most approaches don’t follow a strict and unambiguous definition of what constitutes waste and what doesn’t, thereby sub-optimizing the effort. Also, most approaches are limited in their ability to surface more widespread opportunities for improvement of the process under scrutiny.
BMGI’s approach is different. Rather than following an organic, whose-personality-is-the-strongest approach, we scrub out subjectivity and opinion, and we ensure that you vaccinate yourself from your own psychological inertia. This way, you can be sure that you’re not wasting any resource in your effort to root waste and inefficiency out of your process.
Our approach ensures that you rely on undisputable data to identify the best opportunities for improvement (the opportunity assessment portion), listen most intently to the voice of the customer (not the loudest team member in the room) and define clear metrics by which to evaluate the success of your ensuing improvement projects against strategic objectives.
In short, BMGI’s Value Stream Mapping and Opportunity Assessment course enables you to cut through the fog and complexity of any process to definitively and comprehensively identify the true problems that are hindering better performance. These problems are then translated into various types of improvement projects that will garner the best return on investment.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Mine for improvement opportunities, identifying all possible problems through observation, not hearsay.
- Construct a current-state Value Stream Map
- Develop a data collection plan for the VSM.
- Conduct end-to-end assessment of value-added versus non-value-added activities
- Scope opportunities by formulating project problem statements based on identified waste.
- Prioritize projects based on strategic objectives.
- Identify the proper problem-solving tools and methods for each project (for instance, rapid-improvement events, just-do-it interventions, structured innovation, Six Sigma, Lean).
- Develop a pipeline and plan of which projects to execute in sequence and who will lead them.
- Develop project charters for selected projects and improvement opportunities.
- Construct a future-state Value Stream Map of what the process will look like and how it will perform after the problems are solved and improvements are made.
- Engage other teams in mapping their processes and surfacing more opportunities for improvement.
How you will learn
The Value Stream Mapping and Opportunity Assessment course is an indelible experience that starts with engaging eLearning modules on the eight types of waste and the difference between value-added versus non-value-added activities in a process. These concepts are then reinforced by expert BMGI instructors, and are further explored via interactive exercises and simulations.
Participants also learn how to construct value stream maps of their actual workplace processes, which then become the basis for presenting opportunities for improvement to management. Opportunities—and associated improvement projects—are prioritized based on how much they promise to help achieve strategic objectives relative to their cost of implementation (biggest bang for buck).
Course at a Glance
- Mid-level process mapping
- 8 types of waste
- Current-state value stream mapping