|Who needs a computer!|
Please note, however, that the Institute does not advocate using computer software to map your Value streams. Effective Value Stream Mapping can only be done by personal observation on the workfloor with pencil and paper.I agree. Enough said.
Value Stream Mapping Template in Excel:
Now that you've committed to using a computer, most likely you'll be using Microsoft Excel. Every value stream map is different, so what good is a template? Well, the main thing is, you get all those nice value stream mapping icons to use. Good luck trying to make those on your own with the basic Excel shapes. If you're going to make a value stream map in Excel, then a template with handy icons is a must have.
Download this handy VSM template from lean.org here. Click on "read more" to access the template.
Since each value stream map is unique, I also think it's handy to learn from what others have done. That's why I created this list of value stream mapping examples. Feel free to browse through it to see other processes conceptualized in their value stream map.
What about a MS Visio Value Stream Mapping Template?
If excel's not your thing, apparently Microsoft Visio has a built in VSM component. This feature is part of the latest Microsoft Visio Professional. I haven't checked this out myself, so please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. Visio does seem to be a bit more geared toward a flow chart methodology, but some people only have access to Excel, so you gotta use the tools you have.
If you can't find a pencil and sheet of paper, then a computer is the next best thing. Value stream mapping templates will give you a productivity boost if you're struggling to create them electronically.
I've added this page to my list of helpful lean tools.
If you're new to Value Stream Mapping, check out this overview on how to read a value stream map or this post on what is a value stream.