Deploying Agile/Lean in the Organization- Mapping the Value Stream
Two-Mapping the Value Stream
The flow of the work and information must be identified to determine how it creates value. Measures to identify the non-value added activities must be taken and waste (Muda) must be reduced. You will have to value stream map for the amount of time people actually spend working on tasks for the project like building, testing, and fixing. You will also have to map the overall time people are working on tasks from the moment they are assigned them (or volunteer). Try to look at your maps and try to classify about 75 to 80% of it as nonvalue-added time. Remember as a team value stream maps are produced by collaboration with the entire team and will identify organizational waste. Also, try to keep it high-level, the team will see the value stream moving more quickly, from discovery to delivery.