Principles of Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

Provided by: MEP Courses

In this course, you will learn how to create a value stream map (VSM) of current-state and future-state processes. Value stream mapping is a Lean technique that allows you to document, analyze, and improve the events that take a product or service from its beginning through to the customer. This technique helps the manufacturer understand the total flow of the value stream, see the sources of waste, determine common language about the process, show links between information and processes, develop an improvement plan, and prioritize activities.

Course Objectives:

  • Define “value stream” and “value stream map.”
  • Describe the purpose of value stream mapping and how it relates to lean manufacturing
  • Describe a basic process for value stream mapping
  • Create a value stream map for a specified process
  • List the characteristics of a lean value stream
  • Identify potential improvements to a value stream map.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for manufacturing personnel, including technicians, engineers, and managers.

Course ID


Skill Focus

Smart Business


Purdue University MEP

Employee Type


Method of Delivery

Face to Face

Estimated Effort

8 hours