A pilot test is used to ensure that an experiment, process, tool or method works. The pilot test can be done with a lot, batch or single piece with the objective of proving something new that has not been used before.
The check sheet is a structured data-recording tool. This generic tool is designed by users to facilitate, organize and track their interpretation of results. The check sheet is one of the seven basic quality tools.
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The Ideal State is a reference to the absolute perfect condition. One way to envision the ideal state of a map, process, product or service is to imagine that money, time and resources were not limited at all. What would you create then? Ideal state value streams are created many times to show the gap between the current state and the ideal state. This can help teams to reaffirm they are in alignment and ensure that the progress made is on track.
Value Stream mapping is a lean and six sigma tool used to visually understand the flow of materials and information for a given process or sequence of activities; such as supplier to customer. The value stream map includes both information and material flow that identifies value added and non value added activities. A value stream map is often used as a critical tool to lead waste reduction projects, cycle time reductions and other improvement activities.
Before this powerful tool gained the name value stream map it was referred to as a material and information flow diagram or map by Toyota.
The Value Stream is the entire sequence of activities that are required to design, produce and provide services, transactions or goods. Included in every value stream is both information and material flows. When a value stream map is used you can identify both value-added and non value-added activities.