Subtle Shifts in the 7 Wastes of Lean

Gemba Research – Blog

A new article from the excellent blog at Gemba Research’s web site, talking about the Toyota 7 (8? 9? 10?) Wastes. I’ve heard some people at my company talk about an 8th waste, not fully utilizing people’s talents. Either way, it’s easier to show people a list of types of waste than it is to teach them to truly see that waste (and act to change it).


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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an eBook titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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