Waste Walk
Walk your areas. Look for waste. Write it down. Take action.
Defects
Overproduction
Transportation
Waiting
Inventory
Motion (excessive)
Processing (excessive)
Underutilized People
The Wastes Defined
Waste - Any activity that adds costs and not value to the
products or services that the company offers to its
customers.
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Defects - Not doing it right the first time, causing
rework or scrap. Any aspect of the product that does
not conform to the customer needs. Includes the
defect, the costs of inspecting for defects, responding
to customer complaints and making repairs.
Overproduction - Making what is unnecessary, when
it is unnecessary and in unnecessary amounts.
Transportation - Any transportation of parts,
documents and materials from one place to another
for any reason.
Waiting - Waiting for work, information, and/or
approvals, waiting for parts, materials, tools,
equipment availability, etc.
Inventory - Any goods that are retained for any
length of time, inside or outside the facility.
Motion (excessive) - Any movement of people,
machines or equipment not really needed to perform
an operation.
Processing (excessive) - Operations and processes
that may not be necessary. Trying to add more value
to a service/product than what your customers want
or will pay for.
Underutilized people - Losing time, ideas, skills,
improvements, and learning opportunities by not
engaging or listening to employees.