Process Mapping and Value Stream Mapping differ in that a VSM is a high level view of what is likely to be a number of processes. Process Mapping gets into the nitty gritty. We often use both mapping techniques to drive improvement and often in tandem as a VSM, for example, may require us to go down to a deeper level of detail.

Process Mapping is one of the oldest, simplest and most valuable techniques for streamlining work. It is also subtle and requires experienced facilitators for best results. We do Process Mapping as part of DevOps Transformation to:

  • Spotlight on waste

  • Streamline work processes

  • Define and standardize

  • Promote deep understanding

  • Build consensus

A process map visually depicts the sequence of events to build a product or produce an outcome. It may include additional information such as cycle time, inventory, and equipment information.