Methods for Measuring and Analyzing Waste

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    Hey guys

    Within my Six Sigma project the following question should be answered:
    What is the performance of the process in terms of waste types?

    For the measure phase, I’m trying to create the Data Collection Plan.
    Now I need some approach or literature that lists the different methods to identify and analyze the wastes.

    For example, to measure the waste type “wait”, I will use work sampling or multi moment method.

    Can someone give me a literature with at best a list, which assigns different methods to the wastes?




    If you’re having to measure all of the potential wastes you haven’t identified a specific problem and you’re trying to boil the ocean. I’d recommend that you take a step back and do a value stream map, or time value map, of the process to identify where and what type of waste is occurring. Choose the most egregious waste point, write a specific problem statement, do your improvement project, remap the process and repeat. That’s continuous improvement.


    I’d add in, simple time observations should identify waste in process steps, ie value add, non value add. Utilize that data at process level.


    Mike Carnell

    Peter I am all in with @straydog. The only thing I would be concerned with at this point is standing at a point where I could see the process and document what I saw. I also would not pull any kind of report in advance to prejudice your observations. Those are 2 different things. What you see and what is reported.

    It sounds like you are already looking for solutions and at this point you do not even have a problem definition. Charles Kettering, the famed inventor and head of research for GM, said “a problem well-stated is half-solved.”

    Just my opinion

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