What is Lean - The 8 Wastes
- Waiting (Employee or equipment idle time)
- Transportation (Any movement that does not add value)
- Over-processing (Doing more work than necessary)
- Motion (Wasted walking or movement)
- Poor quality (Defects, errors or rework)
- Inventory (Storing excess inventory or materials)
- Overproduction (Servicing more, sooner, faster than required by the next step in the process)
- Talent (skills not used, or used for the wrong task).
To achieve zero waste organisations must focus on their processes and how they flow through the business. These flows are known as Value streams.
In most companies when these value streams are first identified and documented there are many problems within them. This can include poor measures of performance, duplication of effort, lack of customer focus, poor quality and lack of care.
By removing this waste you will create processes that need less human effort, less space, less capital, and less time. You’ll be able to make products and services at lower cost and with fewer defects than you used to. Companies are able to respond to changing customer desires with high variety, high quality, low cost, and with low lead times.