Free Visio trial available from National Association of Manufacturers

As you know Microsoft Visio is one of the primary tools that can help automate value stream mapping and process analysis.  NAM is running a free trial offer for manufacturers, available at 


How Software Can Help Your Lean Program – and You, the Lean Professional

There is nothing like walking into the “war room” after a kaizen event.  I usually see the same thing – butcher paper and sticky notes lining the walls from floor to ceiling.  It is the result of people coming together to improve their value streams – the scene is impressive.  What I’m less impressed with…