Value Stream Map

Is a Process Map the same as a Value Stream Map?

One question that I hear very often is what is, the difference between a value stream map and a process flow?  Are they the same?  It is easy to be confused, both are maps of the process, right?  Let’s establish what each map is:

vsm-vs-pm

Which one we should use depends on what we want to accomplish, do we want to work with a specific process or we want to visualize more than just the single-process level, see the flow?  Do not rush to complete either one of them, they deserve time; after all the continuous improvement process depends on how we define the baseline of the process or flow and the appropriate identification of the problems.  The more you use them, the easier will be to identify which one is right for each occasion.

 

 

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