There are at least two schools of thought related to the use of software when drawing value stream maps.
Some lean purists claim the use of value stream mapping software is heretical while others have no problem with it.
My personal preference is to always use pencil and paper initially. I stress pencil since I’ve never completed a value stream map that didn’t have eraser marks all over it.
Then, once the team is satisfied with the map I usually transfer it into my value stream mapping software of choice. I’ve become quite speedy with the software and can usually document a complex map in less than 30 minutes.
Don’t Roll it Up!
No matter if you use software or not, I strongly recommend keeping the actual paper version (preferably a huge sheet of paper stretching across the wall) posted for all employees to see during the transition from current state to future state.
What about You?
What about you? Do you use software to document VSM’s? Or are you a paper and pencil type of person?
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