Value Stream Attribute Mapping (VSAM) presents a new way to characterize value streams. In the course of training and facilitating value stream improvement teams, it has become apparent that there should be an easier, leaner way to characterize the flow of value through an organization. The traditional method has been through the use of customized flow diagrams with specific icons developed for value stream applications. The improvements with the use of the VSAM approach result in less time to complete the analysis, particularly for more complex value streams, while incorporating built in data accuracy and richness. The VSAM method increases both the amount and quality of the useful attribute data. This new method is computer based, employing software that is widely used and understood.The VSAM is constructed in five modules, which are Suppliers-Inputs-Process-Outputs-Customers (SIPOC). The modules are laid out in a logical, graphical framework. Each module is completed by the improvement team in sequence or in parallel (using sub teams) utilizing attributes data that are collected prior to the mapping session. The “fill-in-the-blanks approach” allows the team to quickly analyze the current state. The resulting current state map, along with the subsequent value-added/non-value added decomposition analysis, allows a team to move on to designing the future state where the real “gold” lies.