waste elimination

Eliminating Waste from Your Personal Work [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-10-13

Everyone performs work, and everyone has the opportunity to improve how that work is executed. In my last 2 columns for Industry Week, I have focused on different aspects of value, the customer, and waste elimination. I continue that theme in this month’s installment of Lessons from the Road in

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Eliminate Waste with Purpose [Lessons from the Road]

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-20-13

My latest IndustryWeek Lessons from the Road column has been released. This month’s topic is hopefully a fresh look at an old lean topic: waste elimination. Despite the many definitions to the contrary, many of you know that my view is that lean is not “all about” waste elimination. But

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Lean is about waste elimination, or is it?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-21-11

Review any company’s slide decks on lean and you’ll likely find a definition for lean. They’re all a little different, but almost all of them center around one common theme: the elimination of waste. So, at least by consensus, this is the definition of lean: the elimination of waste. Of

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Waste out > Waste in = Calories out > Calories In

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-06-11

When is waste elimination enough? At what point do we run out of waste to eliminate? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this line of inquiry. Here is one of the many fundamental flaws in this belief: Waste is always creeping back into our process and our

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What is the purpose of waste elimination? And the natural law of gas

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-31-11

Waste elimination seems pretty straightforward, right? Of course waste elimination is good, so why do we need a purpose? Because when we free up waste, most organizations don’t know what to do with it. To be clear about this, you first need to be clear about the strategic direction or

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