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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