Mapping Methods for Product Development Flow: Alternatives to Value Stream Mapping and When to Use Them

Key Takeaways

  • I don’t use traditional value stream maps frequently in product development - instead, I use alternatives that do a better job of modeling flow in product development.
  • Knowledge and information flow diagrams and design structure matrices model the Knowledge Creation Value Stream.
  • Gantt charts and simplified value stream maps model product development processes.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
March 19th, 2012
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March 19th, 2012

This is an example of a Swimlane Diagram for a simple process.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
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March 18th, 2012
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March 18th, 2012

This is a swimlane diagram condensed onto an A3 report. This is the most common way to visually represent information and knowledge flows, value streams and processes that require more than one functional area's involvement.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
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March 18th, 2012
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March 18th, 2012
Effective Value Stream Mapping in Product Development: When and Where Value Stream Maps Can Rapidly Improve PD Performance

Key Takeaways:

  • Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a tool for understanding your current process so that you can find ways to improve it.
  • VSM works well at the Product Development Framework level, and at the Microprocess level, but not at the product development program level.
  • VSM is best used after other methods of improving PD have eliminated the obvious wastes with much less effort.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
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April 26th, 2010
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April 26th, 2010
Knowledge Driven Leadership: Drive Your Organization Towards a Culture of Systematic Problem Solving

Key Takeaways:

  • Knowledge-driven leadership creates a culture of systematic problem-solving.
  • The most important thing a leader can do is to use LAMDA, visibly, to solve the problems at his or her level. The 2nd most important is to ask team members to use LAMDA.
  • There are opportunities for knowledge-driven leadership in each of the four value streams.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
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May 26th, 2011
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May 26th, 2011
Knowledge Capitalization: Maximize (Value - Waste) in Your Knowledge Creation Value System

Key Takeaways:

  • Knowledge Capitalization maximizes (value - waste) in Knowledge Creation Value Streams.
  • Visualization helps make knowledge more understandable in the present and more reusable in the future, by making communication much more clear.
  • Each of the four value streams has a body of knowledge to capitalize upon.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
May 19th, 2011
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May 19th, 2011