Lean Tools for process improvement



Spaghetti Diagram

also known as Layout Diagram, Spaghetti Chart, or Standard Work Chart

The Spaghetti Diagram template can be used for simple floor planning purposes,
but it really shines as a Lean process improvement tool for creating a spaghetti map
to visually illustrate how a process flows through a work space.




(The Layout Diagram
is a sheet within the
Standard Work Sheet,
which also comes
with your free trials)

Layout Diagram

Sample Spaghetti Diagram Example

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Since your people already own and know how to use Microsoft Excel,
your people have a much higher probability of actually using this powerful standardized work chart.

You start out by drawing a spaghetti diagram of your current "as is" process,
and then copy your "as is" process to serve as a starting point for your "to be" process.

Spaghetti Chart with Standard Work

Spaghetti Chart in Standard Work

The greatest power of your spaghetti diagram is when you print it out and post it on the shop floor along with printed Standard Work Instructions.

Each circled Operation Number on the standard work chart usually corresponds with a Work Element on the Standard Work Sheet.

You can either draw your Layout Diagram right on the same page with your Standard Work Instructions,

or you can draw it in the more professional drawing space on the Layout worksheet, and then copy a picture of the entire drawing, which has several advantages:

  1. Shapes don't get distorted when you delete, add, move, or resize rows of work instructions
  2. You can temporarily make the picture larger — so that you can see more details —
    and then shrink it back down so that it takes less space
  3. The Layout sheet is a more professional drawing space — with grid lines and a ruler —
    allowing you to draw to a much more accurate scale

Your Standard Work Instructions (often with floorplan map) get printed and taped up right in front of each worker at their work station — to remind people of the right way to do each job — thereby eliminating costly quality mistakes.

See the Standard Work training videos to learn more.

The spaghetti diagram is even more effective...

when used with the rest of the lean, kaizen, and continuous process improvement templates. Just think of how different your continuous improvement program results might be if your leaders could spend more time actually improving processes — rather than holing up in their office "inventing a template for that".

Stick Figure Illustrator

And once your people learn how to use any one of the Excel drawing templates,
then they are fully trained to use every one of the other powerful drawing tools —
like Swim Lane Flow Chart, the Value Stream Map, and the A3 Stick Figure Illustrator.

Why spend thousands of dollars for expensive drawing software?

When all that your people probably need is a little training
for how to use the software they already own — Microsoft Excel.

And why ask your valuable team leaders to waste their time trying to learn proprietary drawing software?
When they could be learning to truly master the tool they already own and know something about.

Excel has far more drawing capabilities than most people realize.

Check out our training videos, and see for yourself...

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Spaghetti Map
Training & Demo Videos

Spaghetti Diagram Video

Additional training
relevant to this template

The Sample and Help worksheets of every template
always contain training relevant to THAT template

Translations available for immediate delivery include:

  • Spanish: Diagrama de disposición
  • Portuguese: Diagrama de Disposição
  • German: Bestückungsplan
  • French: Diagramme d’agencement
  • Chinese: 布局图


Also see the rest of the Lean tools
that come with your Standard Work Chart template



Download your free trial of the Standard Work template —
which includes the Layout Diagram — so you can try them yourself







Video Help

Layout Diagram video


How to use Excel
as a drawing tool

Also see more videos for
how to use Excel as a drawing tool


Video: Selecting the right
Standard Work tools

See more standard work videos


This Spaghetti Map Layout Diagram template comes with many more Lean tools





Your purchase price is usually justified with the 1 or 2 templates that you use most

The others are a really nice
"gift with purchase"

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Spaghetti Diagram Template Benefits
  1. Written in Excel
    so your people
    already own and
    know how to use it
  2. Professional image — maybe your hand drawings are okay,
    but how about your teammates?
  3. Save time — not having to "start over" for every little change
  4. Save money — by increasing what you can "do in-house"


Uses for a Layout Diagram template
  • Spaghetti Diagrams
  • Floor Plans
  • Standardized Work Chart
  • Easy-to-understand Work Instructions






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