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There are several types of process maps varying in their objectives and detailing. SIPOC, swimlane, value stream maps are some of them. If you had to suggest a sequential series for process mapping in an organization with increasing level of detailing, what will your suggestion be? 

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Dear Members,


At the outset, compliments of the festive season to you all. Process Mapping although sounds simple is a very powerful tool in our journey to attain business excellence.


Most of the members have a clear understanding of the significance of various process maps and their application. The most appropriate articulation in context of the question was from Arunesh Ramalingam. There were quite interesting answers

from Arvindh Pradheep – thought process, Amit Simon – Very crisp and to the point, Ronak, Manjunath and Venugopal R – great attempt in explaining the process maps.


Generally SIPOC and High-level process map will help us in stakeholder analysis and project scoping, while other process mappings like detailed process map, top-down, Swimlane, relational maps will help team to understand the processes effectively and pinpointing the improvement areas and interrelations between various process stages, VSM acts like a blueprint giving us insights on Material and information flow, VA/NVA, balancing of the process, bottlenecks, inventory pile-ups or otherwise. Given the value-add and challenges in creating As Is and Future state maps, my favorite process mapping tool is VSM.


As we know it’s about learning & better understanding the business excellence terms and not winning or losing and I think we are achieving this objective together. Cheers and have a great time ahead!”

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