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that you won't outgrow
Value stream mapping tools should be easy enough to quickly learn
and powerful enough to be worth learning.
Why invest the money and time to learn value stream mapping software that looks easy at first...
but then you quickly outgrow
as you and your team start asking better questions?
to empower your teams
to see waste, and make it visible and obvious to everyone
and to systematically eliminate waste in ANY process
to Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control your value streams (not just draw them)
Easily draw a value stream map in familiar Excel using the value stream mapping symbols known as the 'language of lean'.
But Drawing is the easy part.
When you're ready to Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control your value stream,
you will soon want a value stream mapping tool that you won't outgrow.
If (or when) you are working for a large organization that is (or becomes) a Supply Chain Captain, then you will appreciate that you already know how to use your consistent, standardized value stream mapping tools
that you will never outgrow.
Anyone who has attempted to manage a value stream map beyond their own 4 walls knows that the math and charts are different.
Visio wouldn't know the difference ( because the symbols are the same),
but the math is very different, the charts are very different, and the puzzles that you're trying to solve are very different in a supply chain map vs. a value stream map.
With your Systems2win value stream mapping templates, you know that you're prepared to grow.
Takt Time Calculator
Your value stream mapping templates already have built-in takt time calculations,
but sometimes you might encounter some real-world situations that could benefit from takt time calculations far beyond a simple pocket calculator.
You can use the Insert Sheet button to add a Takt Time Calculator sheet to any Excel workbook to (very accurately) calculate:
Learn more about
Takt Time Calculation
Product Family Matrix
The second step of the value stream mapping process, (after forming your value stream team),
is to define your product families — (products and services sharing similar process steps).
This Product Family Matrix provides your team leaders with consistent, standardized online training (and a fill-in-the-blanks template) to do this crucial value stream mapping step correctly.
You will then create one value stream map per product family.
And (more importantly), you will manage one value stream per product family.
Learn more about the
Product Family Matrix
Anyone who has ever managed a value stream that consists of more than a single product or service in the family
has asked the question: "What's different between Product A and Product B?"
Only a Microsoft Excel value stream mapping template can use Microsoft Excel's scenarios feature
to instantly switch between scenarios — without needing to recreate almost identical value stream maps.
(and then trying to keep those almost identical maps in sync as things change over time)
And only your Systems2win value stream mapping template (and swim lane functional flowchart template)
have powerful Path Codes, buttons, and extra feature to greatly extend Microsoft Excel's standard scenarios features
to make it as easy and powerful as possible for you to analyze multiple scenarios for different products or offerings within your Product Family — all on one drawing!
Fill-in-the-answer templates to remind your team to ask all of the right questions
every time that your team does another round of value stream analysis
to ensure that your team will Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control
your value stream over time — not just draw it once
Questions and online training to design your value stream for stability and flow.
Lean Flow is the primary reason for doing value stream mapping.
Stability is required for flow.
If your goal is anything other than achieving stability and flow, then you should probably use your Tool Selection Matrix to choose some other approach, because you are possibly trying to use value stream mapping to do something it was not intended to do.
Questions and online training to design your value stream to handle variable rates of demand.
All Systems2win guideline questions are equally applicable to production and service value streams.
Questions and online training to optimize shared resources in your value stream.
With training for how to handle several types of shared processes in both production and service environments.
Your team leaders can choose from several excellent choices for a Team Charter template — selecting the best way to communicate what is expected from this team.
Define Performance Evaluation Criteria and Ideal Profile for each team role
Rather than starting with a blank page...
why not start with the best thinking of other industry leaders — and then use familiar Microsoft Word to personalize for your team.
To manage clearly-defined objectives, goals, measures, responsibilities, and deadlines.
The ideal way to hold people accountable for results to actually accomplish the strategic challenges that your team chose as a result of doing value stream mapping
To plan your Value Stream Mapping Events, use the same familiar suite of templates that you use to launch and manage any type of Process Improvement Team.
If you don't yet own your licensed Sytems2win templates, you can even download a dozen event planning templates.
In addition to the dozen trial templates that have a 30-trial period,
you also get another dozen free templates — with no expiration.
You can use your new lean management templates for the rest of your career
as our free gift to you.
Download a dozen free
Event Planning templates
Hoshin Planning X Matrix
To develop & implement strategic plans and unique competitive advantages benefiting from input & ownership from all levels of the organization in a way that greatly accelerates organizational learning and leadership development.
Self-paced learning quiz
We don't want to oversell self-paced learning, because nothing can replace the value of having an experienced (internal or external) consultant to get your team off to a great start — especially if no one on your entire value stream team has ever done value stream mapping before.
But once your team gets established...
Whenever a new member joins your value stream team, you email them the 2LearnVSM.xlsx template with the instructions to "bring it back green".
The self-paced learning quiz contains questions about value stream mapping, and has links to online value stream mapping training & videos where the learner can find the answers.
Then when they "bring it back green"...
with one glance, you can have confidence that you now have a more valuable team member
and you didn't spend your valuable time training them.
Self-paced learning quiz
Pre-programmed math to answer common questions
that caused your team to do value stream mapping in the first place.
It's easy to learn
how to draw using Excel
Have you ever tried
using Visio to do math?
What questions should your team be asking?
When you own Systems2win, you don't just get one simplistic drawing tool.
You get a full suite of value stream mapping tools,
including a set of 'Design Guideline' templates, to ensure that your team is asking the right questions when you encounter common situations, like:
(resources shared by multiple value streams... how do you handle them?)
How many can we make?
or, the much better lean question...
How can we make only what our customer needs when our customer needs it?
Taking into consideration real-world factors like:
Use the 'Hide or Show Rows' button to show only what different audiences want to see
Perhaps show only a few important rows to executives, more rows for your team, and even more for your consultant.
Perhaps include or exclude the engineering or sales quoting process that (sometimes) precedes production.
Optionally drill down to related documents
Use everything you know about familiar Microsoft Excel to add your own formulas, charts, or even macros
It's a Systems2win template
Your personalizations can even be automatically found and transferred each time that you upgrade in the future
Familiar Microsoft Excel
Use everything you know about familiar Word and Excel
This value stream mapping template comes with online value stream mapping training to walk you through every step of the value stream mapping process, including basic fundamentals, like:
The purpose of a value stream map is to identify problems (not solve them).
Your Systems2win value stream mapping templates come with an entire suite of process improvement templates to solve the problems that surface from your value stream mapping analysis.
Why even start value stream analysis
unless and until you are equipped to fix the problems that surface?
When you own this suite of value stream mapping software,
you also own a suite of Process Improvement tools
to drill deeper to better understand the problems revealed by your value stream map,
and a full suite of Lean Management tools
to systematically coach your people to consistently solve them
Own Yours Now
If your organization has
not yet provided a license,
own yours now
When to do Value Stream Mapping
in a Typical Lean Journey for Lean Transformation
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