First, download a free sample value stream map example from the Bright Hub Media Gallery. This map illustrates the value stream of a furniture manufacturing company. This is a simple map that illustrates the process. This is the most basic of value stream flowchart, to illustrate the concept.
The sample flow chart involves the following steps: Customer places order for custom furniture, storekeeper creates a work order; manufacturing plant accepts the work order; manufacturing plant creates work schedule, plant ordering raw materials; supplier shipping materials, the actual production process involving sorting of raw materials, cutting, smoothing, joining parts, polishing and drying; inspection, packing; billing; storage for transport; the actual transportation; the store receiving the product and informing the customer; and the customer taking delivery.
A more detailed value stream flow chart may illustrate the manufacturing process in detail, including movement of raw materials from stores to the plant, work schedules of different work teams, and more.
Looking at the flowchart, the project manager may try to reduce the time taken for various activities such as sourcing raw materials, conduct some activities such as billing simultaneously with other activities such as packaging to save time, eliminate non-value addition activity such as storage by advancing transportation arrangements, and so on.
A value stream map ranks as the most simple tool to obtain a bird's-eye view of the process and make any necessary changes.