by Peter L. Bersbach
The Seven Types of Waste
5 months ago, Majdi Alhmah, General Manager at BFG Internationa, raised a discussion about the ninth waste. He says "Besides the traditional 8 wastes: Transport, Inventory, Motion, Waiting, Over-Processing, Over-Production, Defects, and Skills... what do you think will be the ninth waste."
if this was true, assuming that efficient enterprises are driving economy (more efficient enterprises, higher economic growth), Spain, for example, should have 40+% GDP growth with it's 20% unemployment rate...
Of course, probably could find some examples 'in favor' as well, but personally I think there is no such link between these figures.
Cesar A. Cartagena
From my perspective the "Unutilized resources" covers a few of the listed above including talent, skills, knowledge, space, equipment, machinery, people's time in unproductive meetings, energy consumption, and more. My choice for a ninth waste is "Controls", wrong controls, missing controls, redundant controls, and the just in case controls. Strategy to review this waste should be based on poka yoke, andon, autonomation, real time visual management, simplicity on designing and implementing controls for sustainable transformations. Controls which are simple to maintain by process owners and simple to read by all users.
Ninth waste is excess costs including too much overhead
Solution-Get the accountants to rethink the cost accounting system and find ways to continuously reduce your overhead costs.
Originally Ohno and Shingo listed seven type of waste-Inventory, motion, transportation, defects/inspection inefficiencies, waiting time, over production, processing.
Eighth waste Lack of creativity/underutilization of talents is added later.
The ninth waste?
There are many to choose from, but I would say Unemployment is the best candidate. It is analogous to Overproduction, Over-Processing, Inventory or Underutilization of human talent. On the other side of the coin might be unfulfilled jobs from the perspective of the desperate employer. This is analogous to Waiting or Inventory.
On occasion, some meetings are counter-productive, but it is necessary to get all persons on the same page at the same time. Most of my meetings can be brought to the stakeholder's location using wireless notebooks, post-it-notes, portable easels, etc. This would include the shop floor, shipping docks, suppliers, customers. (Don't forget your safety glasses, earplugs and PPE). As LSSBBs, we don't avoid crowds.
What about harming our environment.
All activities ruining the nature, health and living space of the customer have negative influence on maybe the most important value: quality of life. Especially if these activities can be eliminated or replaced by non-harming alternatives, we can speak of waste.