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A Comprehensive Guide to Value Stream Mapping Symbols

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a valuable tool for process managers and teams alike. The pursuit towards a lean process starts with the evaluation of the current state process and identifying wasteful activities. If you’ve seen a value stream map before, you’d know that there are many symbols used to make one. Now, don’t be scared if you haven’t done a VSM before. We have rounded up the list of value stream mapping symbols you need to know to create your own.  What is Value

Value Stream Mapping – Defining how to maximize the flow of value delivered

“Control your process, control your projects” In 2002 I worked for a multi-national technology organization delivering awesome products to consumers around the world. In the early 2000s, the company was in a race to be the best product company on the planet. I was on an Enterprise team whose duty it was to help the Business document how different pieces of the organization worked together to deliver value and enable products to be built “better, faster, and cheaper”. Looking back it was the right play

Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping Inefficient processes slow the growth of any business or organization. Waste, or Muda in Japanese, is one of the factors that causes processes to be inefficient. It is then vital to be able to spot these wastes and address them. This is where Value Stream Mapping comes into play. Taiichi Ohno, the founder of the Toyota Production System, said:“All we are doing is looking at the timeline, from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. 

2024-05-07T10:41:29-07:00July 5th, 2018|

The Gemba Walk: Identify Improvements at ‘The Place where Value is Created’

When it comes to business improvements, it’s important that leaders know what processes in the organization they need to work on and be able to come up with ways to add value to every task involved. But given the large bulk of managerial tasks most business leaders have to face daily, it’s easy for them to lose sight of the real issues that need to be resolved or improved. As a solution to this problem, Toyota’s process improvement leaders came up with a business practice

2024-05-16T17:54:29-07:00June 2nd, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Beginner’s Guide to Lean Product Management

Lean product management helps ensure effective management of product development. It focuses on the entire lifecycle of your product, which can improve how your business operates. This article delves into what lean product management is, how to apply it, and what benefits it may bring to your business and customers. Harvard Business Review found that 72% of new products don’t meet their target revenue. That’s why it’s important to prioritize strategy over tactics and operation. That’s exactly what lean product management can help you achieve.

2024-05-16T16:31:45-07:00February 22nd, 2024|Tags: , |

5 Lean Management Principles and Why You Should Implement Them

Have you ever wondered how to improve customer satisfaction rates and to manage your business effectively while avoiding wastes of different kinds that may hinder process efficiency? Then, Lean management could be the right path to follow. In this article, we take a look at what Lean management is, its principles, advantages and possible tools. What is Lean Management? Lean management refers to a type of business approach that aims at improving efficiency and customer satisfaction by decreasing the time of non-value-added activities while optimizing

2023-07-18T21:16:56-07:00July 4th, 2023|Tags: , , |

Solve Virtual Workplace Challenges Using Kanban

Although the pandemic is almost over, most of us still find ourselves in remote work settings.  Remote work is tricky, it gives us back the time we lose in commuting, but also robs us of our boundary between home and work. Not to mention, the hurdle of having to adapt to working remotely. It’s hard to collaborate while you’re not in the same room with your colleagues, and it’s even harder when your team is distributed in different time zones. There is a solution to

2024-03-29T02:12:37-07:00February 24th, 2023|

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2023-09-27T09:30:31-07:00August 15th, 2021|

What are Process Bottlenecks and How to Manage Them

All organizations aim to achieve a flawless process flow. This is one reason why we have so many project management trends and approaches available. It’s just a matter of choosing one that works for your team. But no matter how you manage your project, there might have been times when you’ve encountered a problem. Maybe one of the team members was not available to complete his tasks, which caused delays to some processes and a backlog has built up. This only means one thing: you

The Toyota 3M Model: Identifying Wastes in Your Processes

The Toyota 3M model is an age-old concept that remains relevant to this day. Many manufacturing concepts and strategies are influenced by the Toyota 3M Model. It has helped reframe the mindset of business leaders on how they manage and eliminate wastes in their processes. Companies often look at how to generate more revenue by creating new products or revenue streams. But with the Lean methodology and the use of the 3M model, companies have learned another way to improve their revenue. Identifying wastes has