Muda, Muri, Mura

Subtle variations about waste. Some Japanese words have made their way into the western business language since Lean spread worldwide and inspired all businesses. Three of them are quite well known: Muda, Muri, Mura. MUDA Muda is one of the Japanese words passed in the common language of industry. Muda stands as generic word for … Continue reading Muda, Muri, Mura

How lean are you? Part 6 – Gemba walk as lean assessment

Measuring leanness is not always necessary, for instance when gathering qualitative clues is good enough for the purpose of the assessment. This would be the case for qualifying a supplier or find improvement topics. Part 1 to part 4 of this series describe quantitative leanness assessment Gemba walk as qualifying audit When it comes to … Continue reading How lean are you? Part 6 – Gemba walk as lean assessment

Why this lean obsession about waste?

Lean is about waste. Mainly about waste. Obsessive about waste. Wastes are activities that carry costs without adding any value. Reducing wastes is turning these expenses into savings. So far so good. Yet why doesn’t lean emphasize adding value instead? Adding value means adding or improving something that customers will value and will be ready … Continue reading Why this lean obsession about waste?