One of the leading principles of Agile and Lean is to increase value by removing waste (non-value adding activities) and improving processes. Unfortunately, both strategies (remove waste and improve process) require a deep understanding of what is value, what is waste, how to detect waste, how to remove it, how to spot process bottlenecks, how to identify impediments, how to detect root causes and how to… Well, how to put it all together!

Fortunately, Value Stream Maps have proven to be a great tool to provide a whole system view on how your group provides value, and also a great tool to spot improvement opportunities. In this workshop we’ll learn the basics of Lean value, waste reduction and Value Stream Mapping as a tool to improve your internal processes. We will also introduce Theory of Constraints and show how Value Stream Mapping can help to design and manage your Kanban board.

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