By Jon Miller | Post Date: October 20, 2009 10:17 PM | Comments: 3
Jamie Flinchbaugh shared on his blog yesterday a brilliant find. The nice folks at Ambor have developed several very useful fonts for lean. The Harvey Balls ideograms are great for filling out the skill matrix.
Compare this skill matrix template using square cells and colors
to this skill matrix template using the Harvey Balls font from Ambor. This is much simpler to make and use.
Equally brilliant are the value stream mapping icon font set. Just download the fonts at the Ambor website, follow the simple instructions and then select the font in your text editing program. Since these are fonts you can copy and paste from the "vsm_demo.xls" file or type them in directly from their alphanumeric values on your keyboard. Since they are fonts, you can do everything to these icons that you can do to fonts. For example in the example at the top of this article I have changed the angles of the information and shipping arrows by going to Format Cells > Alignment > Orientation.
Jamie Flinchbaugh makes a great point that the purpose of value stream mapping is not to create pretty pictures. However the time I have seen well-paid and highly trained people take to slave over computers to document these in order to meet the requirement from above to capture and share these electronically will now be as simple as typing. And it's free. This is a great example of kaizen, the use of appropriate technology that enables documentation, and more kaizen. Try it out!Comments are moderated to filter spam and inappropriate content. There may be a delay before your comment is published.