Quick Look at Lean: Seven Wastes addressed by Lean

The central focus of Lean is to eliminate (or at the very least reduce) waste. Lean addresses seven areas where wastes are likely to occur. They are usually called the 7-Ws and were originally used in Toyota's production system. Depending on the industry, one will find that wastes are concentrated more in specific categories, but there is usually some waste observed in each category. Eliminating these wastes, helps to streamline and improve the underlying process, increase efficiency and ultimately enhance customer value. the seven wastes addressed by Lean are: Transportation, Motion, Over-processing, Defects, Inventory, Waiting and Over-production

Here is a quick look at the seven wastes that are addressed by Lean Continuous Improvement methodology. Click on the slide for a clear image with best readability.