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    Tierradentro
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    How should I depict the process map that has some steps that are repeated without the entire process being repeated? I’ve never run into this problem before that I can remember. Two or three are being repeated then moving on to new steps. What advice can anyone give?

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    #167537

    Brandon
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    John, define the point at which a repeat decision is made. If No, then proceed with the balance of the process. If Yes, then create a loop back through the portion of the process repeated.
    It’s not unlike a rework loop that sends the action back through a portion of the process.
    Hope this helps.

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    #167547

    John McLaughlin
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    Map the process exactly as is

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    #167653

    RhinoNeil
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    Be careful, just because a process is repeated does not make each loop identical. Map the process showing the process in full and only when you can prove it is exactly a repeat (Gage R&R) show it in the process map as a loop

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    #167656

    BigQ
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    Map it exactly as it flows.  Show loops in the process where they occur, but add as many branches as necessary to depict the variability in the process (i.e., repeated steps).
     
    Why are you repeating so many steps?  A value stream map might be helpful in understanding inefficiencies and non-value-added activities.

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