PROCESS MANAGEMENT GLOSSARY

What is Value Stream Mapping?

The flow of materials and products through a manufacturing process.

Value Stream Mapping is a technique used in Lean Manufacturing. Not to be confused with value chain notation, Value Stream Mapping expresses the physical environment and flow of materials and products in a manufacturing environment. At Toyota, where the technique originated, it is known as “Material and Information Flow Mapping.”

Further resources: 

Example of a value stream map


Source: Business Process Management Common Body of Knowledge (BPM CBOK, 2009), The Association of Business Process Management Professionals

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