8 Wastes of Lean

Definition of 8 Wastes of Lean:

An easy way I learned at a seminar to remember the wastes, they spell TIM WOODS

T – Transport – Moving people, products & information

I – Inventory – Storing parts, pieces, documentation ahead of requirements

M – Motion – Bending, turning, reaching, lifting

W – Waiting – For parts, information, instructions, equipment

O – Over production – Making more than is IMMEDIATELY required

O – Over processing – Tighter tolerances or higher grade materials than are necessary

D – Defects – Rework, scrap, incorrect documentation

S – Skills – Under utilizing capabilities, delegating tasks with inadequate training

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