KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Podcast — Everyday Examples of the 8 Wastes of Lean

A blog post from 12/30/16 by Mark Graban

Toyota famously changed automobile manufacturing forever by focusing on continuous improvement, particularly on the never-ending process of waste elimination. Over the years, eight specific types of waste were identified. They are now referred to as the 8 wastes of Lean.

While Lean was originally developed in the automotive manufacturing sector, every business experiences waste in one form or another. In fact, if you keep your eyes open, you’ll notice waste is all around you.

Here are a few examples that our team has observed: