What are the different types of waste in LEAN?

What is Lean? The methodology for reducing waste has seen worldwide usage across multiple industries, helping companies to trim the fat in their operations wherever possible. Mike from Good e-Learning looks at the Lean methodology’s definitions of ‘waste’ and how they are used to improve businesses.

Published: Thursday, February 12, 2015

The essence of the Lean methodology revolves around cutting out waste wherever possible. This does not simply refer to outdated technology, however; many of the Lean principles address human behavior, such as ignoring advice from employees on the ground or constantly forcing lower-level employees to defer to management for basic decisions.

In this video, Mike from Good e-Learning takes a look at the different types of waste defined in the Lean methodology: transport, inventory, motion, waiting, overproduction, over-processing, defects and under-utilized people. While these principles are most commonly applied to Lean manufacturing, the widespread use of Lean across multiple industries has proven their effectiveness elsewhere. Regardless of what a company does, there will always be room to cut out unnecessary waste, creating a more ‘lean’ operation overall.

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