Muda = "Stupid-Nothing"??

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Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Improvement Tip: Find “Muda” and Root it Out

The IHI is doing a great job of driving lean in the healthcare world. This overview of waste reduction has a noteworthy comment. They claim that the Japanese word “muda” (which I knew as “waste”) is sometimes translated as:

“Stupid-Nothing”

Has anyone else ever heard that? It's a very apt term, even though I don't think I'll go around pointing out the “stupid nothings” with my clients!

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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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