Process mapping provides an overall view of the company and is a fundamental prerequisite for meaningful optimization. There are different types of process mapping.
- Process mapping using flow charts
- Process trees and mapping according to IDEF 0
- Swimming lane mapping (Swimming lane)
- Value stream analysis (VSM)
Process optimization consists of several levels:
- Optimizing the overall value stream primarily focuses on balancing capacities and shortening the flow from order to delivery. The aim of such optimization is to uncover potentials at the organizational level, but it’s not ideal for detailed perspectives.
- Eliminating waste and optimizing at the level of individual processes delves into potentials in a much more detailed manner. This optimization applies equally to manufacturing processes as well as non-manufacturing processes and does not exclude project-oriented companies.
- Especially in manufacturing operations and frequently repeated processes, there is also a micro-level that assists in optimizing activities where a very high level of detail is required.
- However, there is also optimization beyond the organization, namely Supply Chain Management optimization, which can take place on a global level.
Process mapping is usually conducted through workshops led by experienced facilitators knowledgeable in mapping and optimization methods. Local experts who have an in-depth understanding of the processes are also involved in these workshops. Facilitators can be external (within the FBE Team, we have 8 experienced experts in this field) or you can train your own facilitators through training programs that we offer.