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Posted by Allison Lynch | 11/15/2019
Create a value stream map to help identify and eliminate the wastes in your processes and make more profit. With extensive pre-made value stream map shapes, it is quite easy to make quality value stream map.

Value Stream Map Definition

value stream example

What's value stream map?

Value stream map is a special type of flow chart that uses symbols known as "the language of lean" to document, analyze and improve the flow of information or materials required to produce a product or service for a customer. Although value stream mapping is often associated with manufacturing, it is also used in logistics, supply chain, service related industries, healthcare, software developme

nt, product development, and administrative and office processes. Advanced use of value steam mapping should occur when competence, experience, and time for mapping are available and when the tool applies to the situation.

Why value stream map is important?

1. It provides optimum value to the customer through a complete value creation process with minimum waste.
2. It strengthens the gains by providing vision and plans that connect all improvement activities. and allowing you to see waste, and plan to eliminate it.
3. It offers a direct path to process optimization and an operation that is assured long-term survival.

Use Standard Value Stream Symbols

In Edraw, all value stream symbols are included in the value stream shapes library, like production control, process, customer/supplier, shipment arrow, push arrow, etc. You can easily use these symbols provided to create value stream map diagrams. Go to Value Stream Map Symbols and Their Usage page to have a general knowledge about the symbols.

Value Stream Map SymbolsValue Stream Map Symbols 2

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View Ready-made Value Stream Map Templates

Value Stream Map Terms Meaning

  1. C/T (Cycle Time): The time required to complete a single unit of production.
  2. C/O (Changeover Time): The non-value added time required to convert a line from one product to another.
  3. FTT (First Time Through): Percentage of jobs that are complete and accurate the first time that they are processed.
  4. VA (Value Added): Any part of the production process that improves the product for the customer.
  5. NVA (None Value Added): Refers to activities that don't contribute to the product or the process and should be eliminated.
  6. T/T (Takt Time): The average unit production time needed to meet customer demand.
  7. L/T (Lead Time): Total time required to manufacture a product.
  8. Capacity: A metric that indicates how many parts per day your slowest process can handle.

How to Create a Value Stream Map?

value stream template

Start with the Exact Value Stream Mapping Template

The Value Stream Map Template in Edraw helps you easily create value stream map using massive built-in symbols. Double click the template from Business Diagram category to start a new drawing page. You will discover abundant symbols and easy-to-use tools for creating value stream maps.

Basic Steps:

1. On the File menu, point to New, point to Business Diagram and double click Value Stream Map template. A new drawing page will open.

2. Go to the library pane on the left of the canvas. From Value Stream Map Shapes, drag required shapes and drop onto the canvas.

3. Drag connector shapes that indicate the flow of information and materials onto the page. You can use the connector shapes such as push arrows and the electronic information shape, which have begin and end points.

Value Stream Connection

You can:

  1. Rotate a shape through the rotation handle when it's selected.
  2. Reposition a shape by dragging it to the required place.
  3. Add data or description to a component by double clicking on it.

Print: When the diagram is done, printing the file is just one click away. Go to the File menu, point to Print to set for print options and print the file.

Export: Various formats are supported, including Microsoft Office, PDF, Html, and many other graphic formats. On the File menu, point to Export & Send for export options.


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Top Tips for Effective Value Stream Mapping

  1. Get familiar with the basic process steps. This will help you understand the activities and identify crucial path and bottlenecks.
  2. Choose the major streams that matters. Identify the processes that need to be improved most to impact organizational performance.
  3. Use standard value stream symbols and icons so that others who trained in value stream mapping could understand.
  4. Don't do it alone. Organize a cross-functional team to gather information, analyze part flow, draw the map together.
  5. Don't ignore data when you collect information.

More Features Make Edraw the Best Value Stream Map Creator

  1. It has advanced and user-friendly drawing techniques which will greatly enhance your productivity.
  2. A set of nice looking themes help you make visually pleasing drawings with simple clicks. You don't have to be professional in designing.
  3. Lots of pre-made templates available to use. All documents are vector graphic files with high clarity and available for reviewing and modifying.
  4. A set of smart tools are provided for automatic formatting. You can easily arrange, rotate, group and align objects.
  5. Edraw offers various customization options, using which you can adjust line width, line color, line style, font size, font style, text color, and much more.
  6. Easy to add photos, images and edit text fields.

View Value Stream Map Examples

Below the Value Stream Maps are created using Edraw pre-made symbols. They are finished in just a few minutes. You can also download these files and use as starting templates.

Chair Production Value Stream Map Lean Production VSM Logistics Value Stream Map
Chair Value Stream Map Lean Production VSM Logistics Value Stream Map

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