I have been away attending the excellent “Agile on The Beach” conference recently, but when I returned I had an email waiting requesting some PMI-ACP study help on Value Stream Mapping. So here is quick outline of the topic.
Value Stream Mapping – is a lean manufacturing technique that has been adopted by agile methods. It is used to analyze the flow of information (or materials) required to complete a process and to determine elements of waste that may be removed to improve the efficiency of the process. Value stream mapping usually involves creating visual maps of the process (value stream maps) and progresses through these stages:
1) Identify the product or service that you are analyzing
2) Create a value stream map of the currant process identifying steps, queues, delays and information flows
3) Review the map to find delays, waste and constraints
4) Create a new value stream map of the future state optimized to remove/reduce delays, waste and constraints
5) Develop a roadmap to create the future state
6) Plan to revisit the process in the future to continually tune and optimize
To illustrate lets optimize the value stream for buying a cake to celebrate passing your PMI-ACP exam with a friend. Let’s say this involves choosing a cake, waiting at the bakery counter to get the cake, paying for the cake at the checkout, then unpacking and slicing before enjoying the benefit of the process (the cake).