(a.k.a. "Future State" or "Should Be" Map) - A future-looking version of a process map (VSM) "Value Stream Mapping" depicting how a process will work after improvements are implemented. Creating a Future State Map is a great exercise for helping your improvement teams catch the vision of where you are going in your Lean process. This map can be created to some degree immediately following the creation of your "Current State Map" or after significant improvements have been made. It is recommended creating an Ideal State Map very early in your VSM process to help set the focus for your improvement efforts.