Tim Woods

I have just learned this mnemonic to remind the eight kinds of waste defined in Lean Six Sigma: “TIM WOODS”.

T          Transport: Moving people, products & information
I          Inventory: Storing parts, pieces, documentation ahead of requirements
M         Motion: Bending, turning, reaching, lifting

W         Waiting:  For parts, information, instructions, equipment
O          Overproduction:  Making more than is immediately required
O          Over processing: Tighter tolerances or higher grade materials than are necessary
D          Defects: Rework, scrap, incorrect documentation
S          Skills: Under utilizing capabilities, delegating tasks with inadequate training

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