October 15, 2019

VSM – My definitive Multimedia Guide

Let us start with basics: VSM is the acronyms of Value Stream Map.

Let me start with a video that will help you to understand

a very important point …

Why VSM – Value Stream Mapping?


now you know that it is not a tool to use because your boss tells you!

The value stream map is the project of your next business.

A Value Stream Mapping Tutorial

I have prepared a VSM video tutorial that covers the main points of value stream mapping.

Here there are the links:

  1. How to do Value Stream Mapping – Intro
  2. The Customer Demand
  3. The Process Box
  4. The Material Flow

I am completing this video tutorial on VSM and if you want to support me go on


Process Mapping Symbols

The video I love the most on the process mapping symbols is here:


you have to know that the book that is recognized to be the standard

for process map symbols is Learning To See.

Value Stream Maps – Video Courses

Apart from my tutorial that is still under construction, there are a couple of other video courses

I would like to suggest…

The Lean Course on Go Lean Six Sigma

It costs but worth the price even because you can get a recognized certification

after taking a test.

 The White Belt Course on Go Lean Six Sigma

This is not really a course on vsm but it gives you some evergreen basics on

the meaning of value.

Goleansixsigma authorized reseller

Process Mapping Tools

Firstly, the tools for value stream mapping are:

  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Post it
  • Engaged People
  • A wall to stick the map

Once you have done the VSM AS IS you have to draw the VSM TO BE

by highlighting the improvements you decide and prioritize with the team.


you can decide if putting the map on an electronic format.

If you decide to transform your value stream map example in an electronic format

you have 3 choices:

  1. Powerpoint, Word or Excel
  2. Microsoft Visio
  3. Other specialized VSM software
    (My favorite with discount only for LeanVlog Community Members)


The best way to understand how to draw a VSM is doing it!

Before starting is important to know the theory and why.

In this guide, I gave you all the resources I collected so far on VSM.

If you want to go into further details here there are some articles I love:

  1. Basics of Value Stream Mapping (with some value stream maps examples)
  2. When to do Value Stream Mapping
  3. Overview of Value Stream Map Symbols


Reserved to the LeanVlog Community Members

Discounts on Video Courses

Discounts on Value Stream Maps software

and much much more…

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