Value Stream Mapping Workshop Participant Guide

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A Learning Solution from LEI


ISBN: 978-0966784381

Published: October 2002

Author: John Shook, Mike Rother

Pages: 74

Publisher: Lean Enterprise Institute



We’ve developed the contents of this guide to enhance learning. The structure of the modules in the guide matches the learning structure used in the Training to See Kit. Room is provided so people can draw value-stream maps and an operator balance chart along with the instructor.

Modules begin with a page showing the learning framework of where students are in the course content, what they’ve covered, and what comes next. They end with a short quiz to check and reinforce understanding.

20 Participant Guides are included in each Training to See Kit that gives you everything needed to run your own value-stream mapping workshops. These guides are sold for additional training sessions.

About the Authors

Mike Rother

Mike is also a co-author of Creating Continuous Flow: an action guide for managers, engineers and production associates, which received a Shingo prize in 2003. He also co-developed the Training to See kit that teaches facilitators how to run value-stream mapping workshops. His latest book is Toyota Kata (McGraw-Hill). Mike is an engineer, a researcher, teacher, consultant, and speaker on the subjects of management, leadership, improvement, adaptiveness, and change in human organizations. His affiliations have included the Industrial Technology Institute (Ann Arbor), the University of Michigan College of Engineering, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Stuttgart), and the Technical University Dortmund. Mike began his career in the manufacturing division of Thyssen AG in Germany. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI, and Cologne, Germany.

John Shook

Shook learned about lean management while working for Toyota for nearly 11 years in Japan and the U.S., helping it transfer production, engineering, and management systems from Japan to NUMMI and subsequently to other operations around the world. While at Toyota’s headquarters, he became the company’s first American kacho (manager) in Japan. In the U.S., Shook joined Toyota’s North American engineering, research and development center in Ann Arbor, MI, as general manager of administration and planning. His last position with Toyota was as senior American manager with the Toyota Supplier Support Center in Lexington, KY, assisting North American companies implement the Toyota Production System. As co-author of Learning to See John helped introduce the world to value-stream mapping. John also co-authored Kaizen Express, a bi-lingual manual of the essential concepts and tools of the Toyota Production System. In his latest book Managing to Learn, he describes the A3 management process at the heart of lean management and leadership.

Shook is an industrial anthropologist with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii, and is a graduate of the Japan-America Institute of Management Science. He is the former director of the University of Michigan, Japan Technological Management Program, and faculty of the university’s Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering. Shook also helps companies learn lean management through the Lean Transformations Group, LLC, and the TWI Network, Inc.

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