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Eliminating the 8 Wastes of Lean Part 3: Waiting

Posted by Adam Tarr on Jun 19, 2018 12:32:30 PM

Tips for Identifying and Managing Waiting Lean Waste

We spend an unfortunate amount of time in our lives waiting. Some calculate this to be as much as 20% to 40% of our daily activities. Waiting at work, or at home, often amounts to nothing more than unproductive time, wasted time. 

With time being the essence of value in our daily routines, how can we maximize “productive time” to advance our lives both at home and on the job-site?

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Topics: 8 wastes of lean, lean time management

Eliminating the 8 Wastes of Lean Part 2: Overproduction

Posted by Adam Tarr on Jun 1, 2018 12:39:51 PM

Defining and Defeating Overproduction Lean Waste

For most businesses, overproduction is viewed as a the worst kind of waste. It unnecessarily consumes time, effort, money, materials and resources that could have been better spent elsewhere, and leaves your organization with the burden and logistics of dealing with excess inventory.

More so than any other Lean waste contributor, overproduction has the ability to overshadow all other problems within your organization. [1]

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Topics: 8 wastes of lean, overproduction

Eliminating the 8 Wastes of Lean Part 1: Defects

Posted by Adam Tarr on Mar 15, 2018 8:20:12 PM

9 Actions To Combat Defect-Driven Lean Waste

At the end of our value stream mapping series, we explored the concept of VSM as a mechanism for continuous improvement. The idea is that construction firms can utilize value stream mapping to continuously improve, identify, prevent, and eliminate the 8 wastes of Lean from impacting the productivity of their organization.

To that end, it pays to take a closer look at what constitutes the 8 wastes of lean and how each lean waste can disrupt a company or construction program.

Let's begin with Defects!

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Topics: value stream mapping, 8 wastes of lean

VSM Part 3: Success With Value Stream Mapping

Posted by Adam Tarr on Mar 1, 2018 4:23:03 PM

6 Tips For Success With Value Stream Mapping (Or Any Lean Process)

In part 2 of our value stream mapping series, we provided a few essential tips for getting started with VSM. Now we will focus on to how to gain traction with the concept and reach and maintain a level of success.

Mapping the flow of value provides a great opportunity for people to align themselves and their work processes.[1] By encouraging value stream conversations and dialogues within your team, people will naturally begin to identify what they can do to improve. 

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Topics: value stream mapping, 8 wastes of lean