The Value Stream Map Simulation (also known as the VSM Training Game) is one of the top simulation games and brings your team together to learn by playing. It uses standard building blocks, which are sold separately, as the Value Stream Map building blocks kit.
This simulation is supported by the Value Stream Map Presentation and the value stream and process mapping templates, process mapping symbols. We strongly recommend that they are used together during the training session, because this way your team can experience the true power of what they’ve learned.
Briefly, a Value stream – represents all steps (both value-added and non-value-added) required to bring a product through:
- Raw Material to Finished Product
- Concept to Launch
- Order to Cash
The Value Stream Map is a pictorial representation of the flow of material and information as the product is being built. The Value Stream Mapping Simulation Game is done in the following steps:
- Follow a product’s production path from beginning to end and draw a visual representation of every process in the material and information flows.
- Then draw a “future state” map of how value should flow
The Value Stream Mapping Simulation Game is focused on eliminating redundant or unnecessary processes in order to speed up and increase the value-added work. This Lean concept can be used anytime there is a demand for a product or service.
Our Value Stream Mapping Simulation Game trains your team on how to visualize their workflow, using building blocks to mimic components in a real production line. In this game, the team draws out a map that links together the different steps in manufacturing a product. By doing this, the workers can spot instances where waiting or idle time occurs. They can then implement changes by drafting a “future state” map.
By designing the Value Stream Mapping Simulation Game to include both the current and future states of a process, the team can see the difference when Lean principles are used. This way, your team understands not only the theoretical components of VSM, but also its practical implications.
Just learning the concepts is not enough to feel a deep sense of understanding. By actively experimenting and applying what they’ve learned, in the safe environment of the classroom, yet being able to make mistakes and truly learn what works and what not, the team engages in a new way of Lean thinking that will be very beneficial at the moment when they will actually perform the workshop and put in practice, in the real workplace, what they’ve learned.
Company Name: Space Robotics Corp.
- Traditional (batch) manufacturing set-up
- Produces a high quality product
- Has large inventories
- Cannot deliver on time
- Has negotiated a new contract and it must improve their throughput
How will they manage to change their way of thinking and improve their operational effectiveness?
There’s one way to discover this: Get in the Value Stream Mapping Simulation Game!
The game is designed for groups of 7-8 people. If you have more players, just buy more Mega Bloks (micro blocks) or Lego pieces and use the same instructions. It can be seen as a competition between teams.
The purpose of the game is to prove the benefits of using the value stream mapping technique to analyze the current constraints and to plan for the desired future transformation.
By playing two rounds (assembling robots from Lego, according to the current state and after creating the future state) we will demonstrate how we can increase the throughput while using the same number of people.
- Introduction of the VSM Simulation
- Operations Description
- Game Rules
- Data Collection
- Robot Assembly Picture, BOM
- Play Round 1 – Mass Production – Current State
- Work cell layout, Assembly Visual Aids for every station
- Play the round
- Create and Draw the Current State Map
- Determine Opportunities and Make VSM Plan
- Play Round 2 – Lean Production (Future State)
- Make the required changes according to the plan
- New Work Layout, New Assembly Visual Aids for every station
- Draw the Future State Map
- Play the round
- Fill Out Future State Map with the New Results
- Discussions based on Results
- Value Stream Map Simulation (slides)
- Trainer Manual (footnotes that explain each slide)
- Trainee Manual (presentation slides and space for notes)
- Cell layout
- Operator Work Instructions
- Printable data sheet
Please note: If you already have building blocks or intend to purchase the blocks yourself, please click here for a list of parts required.
The simulation game comes as a downloadable zip file, available upon payment. Includes uneditable PDF and PowerPoint (2007-10) versions of presentation and supporting PDF files.