• Defects
  • Over-production
  • Waiting
  • Non-utilized Resources/Talent
  • Transportation
  • Inventory
  • Motion
  • Excess Processing

Now of course we know that our goal is to reduce the waste or non-values added activity so as to maximize the value to our customer. This value creating activity is the only activity the customer is willing to pay for resulting in the company paying for the non value added activity. Non value added activity essentially delays the time to complete the product or service which in essence can be characterized as DOWNTIME.

By focusing on reducing or eliminating the Eight Wastes associated with DOWNTIME we can shorten the lead time to the customer. This will result in lower costs, higher capacity for more demand, and increased customer satisfaction which are all desirable to grow your business profitably.
Using the acronym DOWNTIME to remember the Eight Wastes is an effective tie in to the concept of value added activity and how it relates to the cycle time of satisfying your customers.

via aleanjourney.com

I like this very much. Not only is it a useful acronym, it also brings in the important 8th waste of Under-utilised People.

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