Oct 14, 2009

Lean - the 7 wastes

I am a little disappointed. Let's keep it clear. There are only 7 wastes in the Lean manufacturing process. No more. There are those out there claiming poetic license and adding their own 'waste' to the list... pluhh-ease!

In case you wonder, they are:
1. Overproduction
2. Waiting
3. Transporting
4. Inappropriate Processing
5. Unnecessary Inventory
6. Unnecessary Motion
7. Defects

If you are still wondering what this is all about, start with The Goal, a great book on Lean in fiction-style.

... and if you want to know more about Lean specifically for Healthcare, I was suggested to read The Toyota Way to Healthcare Excellence: Increase Efficiency and Quality with Lean, by John Black.

Still in my to-do list... I'm hoping to get to it soon.

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