Download this Process Mapping White Paper if you want to learn about this powerful technique for “seeing” a process and uncovering the wastes within. Four specific types of mapping are discussed here:
- Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
- Brown Paper Mapping (Box and Wire)
- Swim Lane Mapping (for functional comparison)
- Function Mapping (also known as “Bubble Charts”)
By getting information up on the wall for everyone to see, we can visualize how work is really performed. When we can see work processes clearly, we can identify opportunities for fast action and fast impact. Process mapping helps; eliminate gaps, reduce duplicate work and introduce best practices and are almost always included as part of focused workshops and Kaizen Events.