Value stream mapping
Any good company will be sure to develop a value stream map using the value stream mapping process. This process is KEY in making sure you have a clear goal to shoot for as you continue on your lean journey. You start by mapping out the current state, and through kaizen or other method your team should develop a future state value stream map. The work comes in when you identify the gap and how to get from the current state to the future state, which is often what ends up becoming your kaizen plan. Check out leanmusing.com for more detailed information on this subject.