Course Detail: MFG308 - Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

Purdue University Fort Wayne leverages the resources of Purdue University by teaming up with their MEP program to offer this training.

The Mission:
To advance economic prosperity, health, and quality of life in Indiana and beyond. Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) provides high value, affordable solutions to help businesses increase profitability. As advocates for Indiana's thousands of manufacturers, our staff leverages resources in both the public and private sectors to help identify areas of improvement, streamline processes, and ultimately increase competitiveness.

Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

In this course, you will learn how to create a value stream map (VSM) of current-state and future-state processes. Value stream mapping is a lean technique that allows you to document, analyze, and improve the events that take a product or service from its beginning through to the customer. This technique helps the manufacturer understand the total flow of the value stream, see the sources of waste, determine common language about the process, show links between information and processes, develop an improvement plan, and prioritize activities.

Through the creation of a VSM, you will learn how to eliminate the waste in the system and achieve dramatic improvements to your processes.


  • Define "value stream" and "value stream map."
  • Describe the purpose of value stream mapping and how it relates to lean manufacturing.
  • Describe a basic process for value stream mapping.
  • Create a value stream map for a specified process.
  • List the characteristics of a lean value stream.
  • Identify potential improvements to a value stream map.

Intended audience: Manufacturing personnel, including technicians, engineers, and managers

Take all five classes to earn the certificate:

Principles of Lean Manufacturing

The 5S System: The Visual Workplace

Quick Changeover/Set-Up Reduction

Total Productive Maintenance

This course will be delivered online. Classes will be facilitated by a live instructor during the scheduled course times. Participants should have a computer with a strong internet connection, a working microphone, and speakers. Students are required to utilize the camera and microphone to participate in this interactive class. Class participation enhances the online learning experience. Your instructor will send a meeting link to all students once registration has closed.

About the Instructor: Bobbie Gilman is a Mechanical Engineer with more than 30 years of experience. Bobbie started her career in project management leading product development projects. She has designed and implemented 100's of high volume components and has been awarded three U.S. patents. She has managed projects with capital budgets of more than $10 million. She enjoys the power of a team as they share ideas and work to deliver strong solutions. 

While managing projects, she learned that if the processes around her were weak or broken, they impacted her ability to succeed. She began leveraging the power of teams and Lean principles to help organizations improve operations. She has taught classes around the globe and works in a variety of industries: manufacturing, medical, construction, offices, high volume test facilities, job shops, warehouses, and more. 

  • Project Management - Projects > $10 million
  • Product Development - High Volume
  • Assembly - Labor Balance for > 100 People
  • Lean - Since 1998 (Manufacturing, Medical, Construction, Offices, Warehouses, High Volume Test Facilities, and more.)
  • Three (3) U.S. Patents - "There is always a simpler way."

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