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The Future State Map is guide to the goal state of the process. This is generally projected out at 4 to 8 months from the Current State Map and provides a visual of how the process will flow when all identified forms of waste are removed and the process is streamlined. This helps to direct and focus improvement efforts.

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Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Instructor at University of California San Diego and teaches in San Diego State University’s Lean Enterprise Program. For almost 20 years, she has helped leading organizations like Washington State, Charles Schwab and GE build problem-solving muscles.