Four types of Office waste according to LEAN management

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8 wastes of LEAN (T.I.M. W.O.O.D.S)

Transport – Moving people, products & information
Inventory – Storing parts, pieces, documentation ahead of requirements
Motion – Bending, turning, reaching, lifting
Waiting – For parts, information, instructions, equipment
Over production – Making more than is IMMEDIATELY required
Over processing – Tighter tolerances or higher grade materials than are necessary
Defects – Rework, scrap, incorrect documentation
Skills – Under utilizing capabilities, delegating tasks with inadequate training

Four Types of Office Waste: 1- Information Waste

Defects redundant i/o iof data
Defects incompatible info systems
Defects manual rechecking of data in info systems
Inventory unused data
Motion reentering data
Motion converting data format
Defects unavailable data
Defects unclear/missing data
Defects data discrepancies

Four Types of Office Waste: 2- Process Waste

Defects defect
Defects scrap
Defects rework
Defects workarounds
Motion inspecting,checking,double-checking
Motion approvals*
Motion variable flow in process
Inventory too much inventory
Motion incompatible work
Over productionoverproduction
Waiting waiting
Over processing overprocessing

Four Types of Office Waste: 3- Physical Environment Waste

Transport travelling to another location for a meeting
Motion organizig a disheveled conference room before a meeting
Transport going to your divisions office supply person for a replacement pen

Four Types of Office Waste: 4- People Waste

Skills unclear roles/responsibilities/authority/accountatbility
Skills lack of training
Motion work/task interruptions
Motion multitasking
Skills underutilization of talent
Transport hierarchy and structure
Skills recruitment errors
Skills lack of strategic focus
Motion handoffs