In a lean organization, team members may hold opinions based on an incomplete view of the process. Mapping the value stream increases their knowledge of how upstream and downstream processes impact their work.
Value stream mapping records facts and observations and delivers a holistic view of the process that identifies the gap between reality and the ideal state. This helps stakeholders arrive at a common understanding of the lean process improvements needed to achieve operational excellence.
Mapping simplifies the flow path, enabling you to view the risks and challenges in the process to resolve these. The mapping process also aligns with the actions of all team members, which ensures everyone is working towards the same ideal state.