Value Stream Mapping for Lean Development: A How-To Guide by Drew A. Locher

By Drew A. Locher

Shoppers and markets determine wishes and difficulties and corporations layout services to fill or clear up them. whereas this dating could seem easy, the improvement strategy in so much businesses is usually a root reason for purchaser dissatisfaction and will bring about great waste all through an firm. blunders made at the proverbial drafting board could have an important impression on a firm for a few years. consequently, the applying of lean pondering and unique mapping to the improvement technique is mainly vital, quite whilst one considers the ever shortening product and repair lifestyles cycle skilled in such a lot industries. In worth circulate Mapping for Lean improvement, Drew Locher presents an obtainable, relaxing, how-to advisor to worth movement mapping that highlights its super impression on product improvement and accompanying tactics.

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This falls to the Engineering Services Department to accomplish. Final drawings and bills of material are generated in the Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP system). ” Approximately 10 percent of the time, questions regarding the information arise during this step, which must be answered by Engineering. ◾ Process Time (P/T) = 2 people, 40 hours each = 80 hours ◾ Lead Time (L/T) = 20 days ◾ Complete and Accurate (C&A) = 90 percent Source Tooling Upon finalizing the design, the Procurement Department is triggered to identify sources for production tooling and materials.

The most commonly used ones are total lead time, total process time, first pass yield, and total cost. To estimate cost, the team should consider using the process time information, as well as materials, and costs associated with quality issues, such as failures, warranties, etc. Other summary measures that a team should consider are number of hand-offs and number of people or departments involved. As with the process data, the value stream summary metrics can also take the form of a range. , successful projects versus not-so-successful projects, concept to release to production versus concept to shipment of first production units).

0% Mapping Tip The mapping team should always do a reality check with regard to the value stream summary measures. If the measures do not seem in line with historic performance, then the means to calculate them, as well as any data for particular processes, should be rechecked. ” Perhaps the ranges provided were too great. Typically the summary measures can quickly be adjusted to everyone’s satisfaction. Remember, there does not need to be precision in the figures, but they do need to be somewhat accurate.

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