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FlowBreeze now includes Value Stream Mapping tools. FlowBreeze has two tools that simplify creating Value Stream Maps - the VSM Template Generator and the VSM Symbols task pane. The VSM tools augment the existing text-to-flowchart capabilities of FlowBreeze, and are an added feature for no extra cost - an extremely good value. Plus, FlowBreeze is a Microsoft Excel add-in, so the resulting diagrams can be viewed by and shared with anyone who uses Excel.
The template generator is a way to kick start diagrams by allowing you to make re-usable Excel template files with the base outline on a value stream map. You can set a standard title bar, and add base elements, including supplier, customer, production control, process blocks, and data timelines. Below is an example of a value stream mapping outline created with the template generator.
The task pane, shown below, allows you to add symbols two ways: 1) Selecting the symbol, entering shape-specific data, then clicking Add Shape, or 2) by simply doubling-clicking the symbol. Symbols are added to the worksheet in the currently selected cell.