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Value Stream Mapping Software

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?

Training Wheels - entry level value stream mapping softwaremotorbike VSM-PowerTool

Training to get you started.
Tools you won't outgrow.

Value Stream Mapping Templates

  to empower your teams

to see waste, and make it visible and obvious to everyone

and to systematically eliminate waste in ANY process

Value Stream Mapping tools

to Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control your value streams   (not just draw them)

Value Stream Mapping template

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.

That's when you will begin to appreciate the detailed online training for how to use your Value Stream Mapping template for value stream analysis that Visio simply can't do.

Supply Chain Value Stream Map

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:

Takt Time Calculator

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.

Product Family Matrix Excel template

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!

Value Stream Design Guidelines

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

Value Stream - Basic Design Guidelines

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.

Value Stream Mapping Basic Design Guidelines

Value Stream Design - Volume and Mix

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.

Value Stream Mapping Volume and Mix Design

Value Stream Design - Shared Processes

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.

Value Stream Mapping - Shared Processes

Value Stream Mapping Team and Event Planning

Team Charter

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.

Team Charter template

Value Stream Team Roles

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.

Team Roles

Value Stream Plan

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

Value Stream Event Planning templates

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.


Value Stream Event Checklist

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.


Value Stream Mapping Training

2 Learn Value Stream Mapping

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.

Learn Value Stream Mapping

Self-paced learning quiz

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Why these?

Value Stream Mapping tools

  1. Math

    Pre-programmed math to answer common questions

    that caused your team to do value stream mapping in the first place.

    Questions like:

    • When can we have it?
    • How many can we make?
    • What if?
Confused math

It's easy to learn
how to draw using Excel

Have you ever tried
using Visio to do math?

  1. Guidance

    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:

    • High Mix / Low Volume
    • Shared Resources

      (resources shared by multiple value streams... how do you handle them?)

    • The 7 questions that should be thoroughly answered whenever you analyze ANY value stream
  2. Capacity planning

    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:

    • Work centers that have different work schedules
    • Work centers that make subcomponents in quantities different from the end product
    • Scrap, rework, staff unavailability, downtime, and other factors that affect capacity
  3. Show different levels of detail

    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

    Perhaps link to shared value stream segments, swim lane flowcharts, and/or standard work documents

  1. Personalize them

    It's Excel

    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 surroundings

Familiar Microsoft Excel

Use everything you know about familiar Word and Excel

  1. Do value stream mapping — better

    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:

    • Why do value stream mapping? (at all)
    • How to do value stream mapping (better)
    • When (and why) to convert your sticky notes to an electronic value stream map?
  2. Solve problems (don't just identify them)

    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






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When to do Value Stream Mapping

in a Typical Lean Journey for Lean Transformation

  • Phase 0) Firefighting
  • Phase 1) Prepare Your Leadership
  • Phase 2) Design Value Streams to Flow
  • Phase 3) Analyze, Stabilize, Visualize, and Standardize each process
  • Phase 4) Continuously Improve
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Road map for a typical
Lean Transformation




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