Value Stream Mapping and Modeling

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Course Overview

This course will provide you with practical knowledge and hands-on experience to three different value-stream mapping methodologies, two methods to map a cell or individual process, and a rapid modeling software application. Using the maps and software, you will learn how to identify the greatest opportunities to improve value-stream performance.

Upon completing an overview of each mapping methodology, you will work with others to compose maps using case studies. The morning of the third day is devoted to gaining an appreciation of the dynamics that exist within a value-stream using a rapid modeling software program.

Who Should Attend?

  • Plant managers 
  • Industrial and manufacturing engineers 
  • Lean and continuous improvement professionals 
  • Value stream leaders
  • Operations managers 
  • Six Sigma green and black belts

Course Outline

Day 1

Assuring Mapping Efforts Produce Meaningful Results

  • Lean performance continuum
  • Selecting part or part family
  • Project management tools
  • Data collection methods
  • Team formation

Composing a Time-Based Process Map

  • Collecting and organizing basic data
  • Categorizing time

Workshop Exercise (Team Activity)

  • Create a time-based process map
  • Identify potential continuous improvement projects
  • Calculate impact on lead time

Metrics-Based Process Map

  • Identifying process steps
  • Adding information for each process step
  • Add calculations to current state M-B map
  • Analyze map for non-value-added activities
  • Create future state M-B process map

Workshop Exercise (Team Activity)

  • Create a current state metrics-based process map
    • Identify potential projects
    • Create future state metrics-based process map


Day 2

Value-Stream Mapping

  • Value-Stream mapping applications
  • Describe standard layout of components of a value-stream map
  • Review key data elements to be included for individual process steps

Workshop Exercise (Team Activity)

  • Create a current state value-stream map
  • Identify potential projects
  • Create future state value-stream map

Spaghetti Map       

  • Spaghetti map applications
  • Gather data, calculate distance and time

Workshop Exercise (Team Activity)

  • Create a spaghetti map
    • Identify potential projects
    • Create future state

Standard Work Combination Sheet

  • SWCS applications
  • Gathering data, calculate distance and time

Workshop Exercise (Team Activity)

  • Create a standard work combination sheet
    • Identify potential projects
    • Create future state

Value Stream Modeling

  • Mappings versus modeling
  • Static vs. dynamic models
  • Inputs to build a model


Day 3

Value Stream Modeling

  • Modeling vs. simulation vs. mapping
  • Benefits of modeling
  • Inputs needed to build a model

Workshop Exercise

  • Using case studies, optimize lead time, lot size and capacity using MPX modeling software

Complete Course Evaluation


Jeff Oelke

Jeff Oelke oversees the Maintenance and Reliability Certificate offered through the University of Wisconsin–Madison Engineering Professional Development. Mr. Oelke has over 20 years of experience working with manufacturing companies. In addition to a thorough understanding of Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints and Quick Response Manufacturing strategies, Mr. Oelke has firsthand experience with assembly, metal forming, welding, plastics, printed circuit layout and fabrication, paint and wood products manufacturing processes. Prior to joining Engineering Professional Development, Mr. Oelke was the managing member of the Continuum Management Group, LLC, Richland Center, WI, and the division manager for supplier development at Deere and Company’s Commercial and Consumer Equipment Division. Mr. Oelke possesses MS and BS degrees with concentrations in manufacturing operations and computer hardware architecture.  He has been certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Aaron Armstrong

Dr. Aaron Armstrong, PhD is a faculty member at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Dr. Armstrong earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a focus in scheduling optimization. Earlier in his career, Dr. Armstrong oversaw the operations for a tier two manufacturer to the Ford Motor Company. Dr. Armstrong played a pivotal role in simulating the current Select Series production system at the John Deere Horicon, WI facility which lead to the Horicon plant adopting a Build-to-Demand model. Dr. Armstrong is a thought leader in system optimization; he equally understands the practical and theoretical aspects.

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