Lean Methodology Diagrams and Templates

What is Lean?

Simply put, it's placing an organization's focus on two things: maximizing customer value while minimizing waste. Lean is a proven strategy for manufacturing, services, healthcare, government, and many other types of organizations.

Lean Video

Visuals Used in Lean

PDCA Cycle

The PDCA Cycle is a four-step iterative process focused on a continuous improvement cycle of the organization's products and services.

PDCA Cycle Diagram

Value Stream Map

The Value Stream Map is used to analyze and design the flow of processes needed to bring the product or service to the customer.

Value Stream Map

Spaghetti Diagram

A Spaghetti Diagram allows a critical analysis of the movement of material or people within the workspace. The goal is to eliminate transit waste.

Spaghetti Diagram Example

Kanban Board

The Kanban Board is a simple, yet powerful tool. It allows users to focus on fewer, more important tasks. It limits work in process and quickly identifies process bottlenecks.

Kanban Board

Process Map

The Process Map is a visual way to identify who performs what over time to complete a process. It is a powerful way to identify activities that do or do not add value.

Proces Map

Root Cause Diagram

The Root Cause Diagram is useful for brainstorming sessions. It allows users to drill down to identify where problems are occurring.

Root Cause Diagram

You'll also find these Lean Method visuals included in SmartDraw:

  • Continuous Improvement Slide
  • A3 Thinking
  • Logs: Walkabouts, Red Tag
  • 5 S
  • 5 W's

*Full Lean support is available only in the Enterprise Edition of SmartDraw