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Value Stream Maps are high-level maps and Swimlane Maps are more detailed. I have never seen a hybrid of the two, which is not to say there would be no value in that. In general, the Value Stream Map is a macro-level map used for both strategic improvement and performance assessment. The Swimlane is used for assessing performance at a more granular level but both are very helpful to assess the “as-is” state.

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.