The 8 Wastes of Lean

Lean is about reducing waste in business processes.

You’ve probably heard the term “lean” used in business. Maybe it was “Lean Manufacturing” or “Lean Management” or “Lean Process something-or-other.” Here’s the thing about “Lean”: Lean is about reducing WASTE in your processes.

So, to understand Lean, you have to understand Waste.

Waste is anything that consumes your business resources but doesn’t add any value to your customer. Some of your business costs are directly related to getting your customers what they want. Some of them are due to the waste in your processes. Reducing waste is the key to business process improvement.

For your business to survive, the price of your product has to cover all your costs and make some profit. Assuming that you have customers that are buying something at the price you set, I’ve got some good news for you. Reducing the waste in your processes means that your costs go down, and your profit goes up.

But, to reduce waste, you first have to recognize it, and that isn’t always easy. You need to know where to look, and that’s where the 8 Types of Waste come in. When you read about the 8 wastes of lean, some are so obvious, you’ll wonder why they’re on the list. Others are a bit less obvious. Here’s the good news, I’ve got a great way that you can remember them: DOWNTIME. All you have to know is DOWNTIME. Waste causes you downtime and luckily, that’s what they spell.

So, what are the 8 wastes of lean? Click below to find out more.

DEFECTS

OVERPRODUCTION

WAITING

NON-UTILIZED RESOURCES

TRANSPORTATION

INVENTORY

MOTION

EXCESSIVE PROCESSING

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