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Value Stream Critical Path

Pop Quiz: Test your understanding of the Critical Path in your Value Streams

Question 1) Of the 7 purposes of value stream mapping, how many require the Critical Path to be identified, and made visual?

Question 2) Which of the following popular Lean Metrics are correctly calculated taking into consideration ONLY processes that are on the Critical Path? (ignoring all Simultaneous Processes completely)

A. Lead Time (When can I have it?)

B. Queue Time (How long does this sit in someone's In Box?)

C. Process Time (How many hours? How many people?)

D. Cycle Time (How often does another finished one come out the end of the pipe?)

E. Takt Time (Target Cycle Time)

F. Capacity (How many can we make?)

G. Guaranteed Turnaournd Time (What's the longest time that any customer will ever wait for any product or service in this value stream family?)

Question 3) What is the only value stream mapping software on the market that absolutely always requires the Critical Path to be obvious and visual?

 


Pop Quiz Answers

Question 1) All 7 of the 7 purposes of value stream mapping require the Critical Path to be identified, and made visual.

Question 2) A, D, F, and G are correctly calculated taking into consideration ONLY processes that are on the Critical Path. (ignoring all Simultaneous Processes completely)

Question 3) The Systems2win Excel Value Stream Mapping template.

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