2Setting the Stage and Enabling Success

Too many organizations dive into value stream mapping before the organization is properly prepared and the activity has been properly scoped. Effective planning is a significant contributor in elevating value stream mapping from a “tool” to a management practice that has long-lasting transformational qualities.

Planning ranges from preparing the organization for the paradigm-challenging aspects of value stream mapping to scoping, team formation, and planning the logistics of who, what, when, and where. The planning stage represents the “P” in a macro-level PDSA (plan-do-study-adjust) cycle. As such, it warrants the time and attention to detail that makes for successful resolution of any problem, improvement, ...

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