What is Waste?
Waste is any step or action in a process that is not required to complete a process (called “Non Value-Adding”) successfully. When Waste is removed, only the steps that are required (called “Value-Adding”) to deliver a satisfactory product or service to the customer remain in the process.
- Talent - Employees that are not effectively engaged in the process
- Inventory - Inventory or information that is sitting idle (not being processed).
- Motion - People, information or equipment making unnecessary motion due to workspace layout, ergonomic issues or searching for misplaced items.
- Waiting - Waiting for the previous step in the process to complete.
- Transportation - Transporting items or information that is not required to perform the process from one location to another.
- Defects - Products or services that are out of specification that require resources to correct.
- Overproduction - Producing too much of a product before it is ready to be sold.
- Over-Processing - Performing any activity that is not necessary to produce a functioning product or service.