8 Wastes Spaghetti Mapping - One Point Lesson

This One Point Lesson (OPL) on 8 Wastes Spaghetti Mapping provides a concise explanation of what Spaghetti Mapping is and how it's used to visually identify and eliminate waste in processes. The goal is to convey the essential concepts of using Spaghetti Mapping to reduce waste in a clear and easily understandable format.

Riaan Du Plooy | Author Level 5

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  • Spaghetti mapping

  • Find your wasted efforts!

  • Reduced Lead times

  • Reduce waste

  • Visually interpret your Waste

  • Improve efficiencies

Spaghetti Mapping is a visual tool used to track and visualize the physical movements and flow of people, materials, or information within a process to identify and eliminate waste.

Spaghetti Mapping is a technique employed in Lean methodology to visualize the movements and flow of various elements within a process, such as people, materials, or information. It helps pinpoint inefficiencies and waste in a process and is a valuable tool for process improvement.

Select the Process: Choose the specific process you want to map. Ensure it's one where physical movements are involved, such as manufacturing, healthcare, or office processes.
Gather Participants: Involve the individuals who are directly engaged in the process. They have firsthand knowledge of the process and its inefficiencies.
Prepare Materials: Obtain a floor plan, layout, or diagram of the area where the process occurs.
Provide colored tape or markers to participants to trace their movements.
Map the Movements: Ask participants to physically perform the process while tracing their movements with the colored tape or markers on the diagram. Record the paths and routes they take, indicating starts and stops.
Observe and Analyze: Review the completed Spaghetti Map to identify unnecessary or excessive movements, delays, backtracking, or other sources of waste. Pay attention to crisscrossing lines ("spaghetti") that indicate inefficient paths.
Discuss Improvements: Engage with participants to discuss the identified sources of waste. Encourage them to propose solutions and process improvements.
Implement Changes: Based on the analysis and feedback, implement changes to the process to eliminate or reduce waste and streamline movements.
Monitor and Adjust: Continuously monitor the process after implementing changes to ensure that the identified waste is reduced or eliminated.
Make further adjustments as needed.

Visual identification of waste
Employee involvement in process improvement
Reduced lead times and costs
Improved process efficiency and quality

Key Takeaway:
Spaghetti Mapping is a visual tool that helps identify waste by tracking the physical movements within a process.
It enables teams to visualize inefficiencies, engage in collaborative problem-solving, and make improvements that lead to streamlined processes and reduced waste.

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