Reducing & Removing Waste (DownTime)

Continuous/Constant Improvement (CIP or CI) is the foundation of many specific methodologies: Lean, Kaizen, Kanban, Six Sigma...

Six Sigma strives to improve business processes by utilizing statistical analysis rather than guesswork (driving toward six standard deviations between the mean and the nearest specification limit of defects per million). Lean Six Sigma not only strives to reduce process defects and waste, but also provides a framework for overall organizational culture change. By introducing Lean Six Sigma, the mindset of employees and managers change to one that focuses on growth and continuous improvement through process optimization. This change in culture and the mindset of an organization maximizes efficiency and increases profitability.

Help reducing/removing Waste

Waste is defined by Fujio Cho of Toyota as "anything other than the minimum amount of equipment, materials, parts, space, and workers time, which are absolutely essential to add value to the product."

Different types of waste have been defined:
Notice that the first letter of each line (an acrostic) forms the mnemonic (memory cue): DOWN TIME.

Another way to understand/relate to this simple goal (move the Business closer and closer to ideal/perfect Business) is to recall that you achieve the highest return by investing 100% in the highest return asset. "Continuously/Constantly Improving" processes are an important element of achieving this simple goal.

If your goal is to: "Move your Business closer and closer to the ideal/perfect Business." We can help.

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