Skills, not used (Type of Waste)

While the other Types of Waste all belong to the process, the waste “Skills, not used” means not using all the intellectual power available within the organization for solving problems, improving processes and avoiding mistakes. Lean means especially...

Defects (Type of Waste)

Defects are items that are not conforming to expectations or customer specifications. They are waste, as they lead to scrapping, extra efforts for rework and/or re-inspection, and to additional documentation, thus meaning a loss of time and money. Examples: A burnt...

Overprocessing (Type of Waste)

Overprocessing means doing more than necessary to produce an output, or, simply doing something better than required by the customer. Why this is waste? Doing only what is actually required helps saving manpower, processing time, and cost. Examples: Stirring longer...

Overproduction (Type of Waste)

Overproduction means producing more than customer demand or producing it too early. It is simply everything that is produced but not yet required by the customer. As a result, overproduced items need to be stored. During storage, products can use shelf life and...

Waiting (Type of Waste)

Waiting waste is when nothing is happening to the material or product: the Value Creation Process stands still. This means finishing the product later than possible, thus creating overhead and binding cash which cannot be capitalized. Examples: Semi-finished product...
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