Value Stream Mapping Software
Another question to pose to you, the blog readers and lean folks:
Does anyone have experience with “Value Stream Mapping Software”? I've been asked to investigate options for my organization. I'm not completely sold on the value of using specialized software, either for drawing maps or doing more data collection or project tracking. I always draw VSM's on butcher paper with post-its, but I do sometimes put them into Visio for easy emailing. That said, I'm somewhat biased AGAINST the idea of software, but I'll spend some time learning about this.
Two packages I've seen online:
iGrafx Process for Six Sigma — a broader set of Six Sigma tools, including VSM
LeanView by Orlando Software group — very focused on lean VSM, but with broader project tracking tools
So, not quite apples to apples.
If you have any experiences to share, good or bad, click on “comments” or email me using the link on the left hand side of this page.