Value Stream Mapping for Lean Development: A How-To Guide for Streamlining Time to Market

1st Edition

Drew A. Locher

Productivity Press
Published May 2, 2008
Reference - 142 Pages - 6 Color & 50 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781563273728 - CAT# PP7372


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  • Highlights the impact of Value Stream Mapping on product development and customer satisfaction
  • Shows how to apply lean thinking and detailed mapping to the earliest stages of the development process
  • Provides examples of how to avoid waste from the start of product development
  • Summary

    Written by one of the world’s most respected consultants on Lean, this work presents a methodology for value stream mapping that is appropriate for any organization, whether it be service or product oriented. Over the past 25 years, Locher has proven just how powerful this process is, having employed it in healthcare, transportation, distribution, education, financial services, and manufacturing environments. Illustrating his methodology through the example of the imaginary DevelopTek company, he explains how to:

    • Identify development waste
    • Assess an organization’s current state and develop a Current State Map
    • Apply Lean principles to create a Future State Map