Those familiar with Lean principles will know the seven wastes, and the focus in this Lean project was on finding and eliminating invisible wastes. Inventory, Defects, and Over-Production are wastes that we readily identify with and can spot quite easily; however, Transport, Waiting, Movement, and
Over-Processing can be harder to spot.
These can be described as the
“invisible” wastes. Our goal for this
project was to identify and eliminate
these invisible wastes by applying the DMAIC methodology: Define,
Measure, Analyse, Improve, Control.