To start your own waste audit try using the DOWNTIME approach to identify the 8 sources of waste
Downtime Waste Minimisation and Productivity theory
Overproduction- Producing too much of a product before it ready to be sold.
Waiting- Waiting to start the next step or action of the process.
Non-Utilised talents – Workers that are not efficiently of effectively engaged in achieving tasks
Transportation – Transporting physical or virtual items that are not required to add value from one location to another (and may ‘be back again).
Inventory – Any item (physical or virtual) that is sitting doing nothing and not being processed.
Motion – People, information or equipment making unnecessary movement due to layout, design, ergonomics including searching for misplaced items.Extra processing – Performing any action that is not necessary to produce the desired product or service as demanded by the customer.From the audit you should be able to identify areas of improvement to increase productivity. By adding a metrics, value or Key Performance Indicator this will enable priorities and change management to but in place.
The war on waste is nothing new, however solving it may need a little help. Getting your organisation to think and act to combat waste is why The Idea Smith have developed a range of courses to help organisations develop a culture of reducing DOWNTIME, increasing productivity and aligning organisational capacity and capabilities to meet market needs.
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