NVA in VSM Products?
I’m not picking on the retailer… I support the “Lean Supermarket” and they’ve been an advertiser before. They didn’t invent these, but this seems like a solution looking for a problem.
I’m all for post-it note Value Stream Mapping. That’s how I have always preferred to do it, in factories and in hospitals. I’ve never for a moment been slowed down and thought “wow, it’s so hard to draw a kaizen burst.”
I really don’t understand how this post-it, pictured left, is helpful at all. If there are 4 “eyeglasses” on a post-it, how would the bottom two stick to a Value Stream Map on the wall? Wouldn’t the time spent getting clear tape outweight the “time saved” from not having to draw eyeglasses?
What do you think? Am I being too harsh on the product? Would you ever buy these? Would you mock those who did (even running the risk of violating the “respect for people” principle in the process)?