Brown Paper Mapping is a technique for illustrating and documenting a process on a large sheet of paper. Often, a large roll of brown packaging paper is used. This is where the term “Brown Paper” Map comes from.
Brown Paper Maps may refer to many types of process maps including:
- Box and Wire Map – A process schematic that shows inputs and outputs – useful for simple business processes
- Swim Lane Map – A map showing the in interactions between functions with a time-scale
- Value Stream Map – A map showing the flow of information and material along with value added, non-value added, lead and cycle times
- Functional Map – A map showing the activities and interactions of multiple functions, sometimes referred to as a bubble map.
The idea of brown paper mapping also conveys the idea that the maps are constructed by team members who understand the process. The maps are typically hung on a wall and constructed using somewhat standard icons. The important thing to keep in mind when mapping any process is that a map tells a story.« Back to Glossary Index