Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a process of directly analysing and documenting the flow of information and material in the current state to calculate both the value add and non-value add of a manufacturing product, distribution of goods or delivery of a service. VSM is a visual tool which clearly identifies areas of hidden waste within a process. A future state know as a Value Stream Design (VSD) is the redesign adjusted to represent a leaner process flow by directly eliminating the non-value adding steps with the goal of continuous flow or single-piece flow.