The waste walk is one of the best ways to train employees, reveal waste and discover new improvement opportunities. Simply put, it is a time where teams or individual's head to the gemba and look for waste. The waste walk can be a standard activity, planned event or a now and then practice. The only skill people need to have during a waste walk is a basic understanding of the 8 forms of waste. The ©WASTES methodology is a problem solving methodology that is used by Lean Strategies International LLC. The methodology is a simple and easy to use 6 step method for conducting a waste walk or training/kata, . The six step process can be used with experienced employees who are seasoned in waste identification and it can be a great way to train new employees to develop a lean thinking mindset while learning to see opportunities to remove waste. The six steps involved in the ©WASTES Methodology are:
The Gemba is the actual place where transformation and value creation happen. The concept of the Gemba is applicable to any and all industries. Simply stated the Gemba is where the work is performed. Some examples of the Gemba are:
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The easiest way to define overprocessing is doing more to a product than what the customer, specification or transformative process requires the first time through. Overprocessing is sometimes referred to as inappropriate processing because it includes steps that are not needed, extra handling, duplication of activities and processes that are just not statistically capable of producing the desired results.
What types of overprocessing do you see on a daily basis?
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Overproduction is one of the 8 major forms of waste. It occurs when parts, services or information are created in excess of the needed demand or when services, products or information are created/delivered in advance of the needed schedule. To learn more about Overproduction click on the link below and enroll in our 8 forms of waste course.
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Overproduction is considered to be the deadliest waste of all forms of waste. Why in your opinion is this form of waste so "deadly?"
A backlog is every customer order that has been received as an order that has not yet fulfilled the customers request.