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The 8 Deadly Wastes

“We must always keep in mind that the greatest waste

is the waste we don’t see.”

Shigeo Shingo


To start a Lean initiative in your organization, it is absolutely essential that all employees are able to recognize the eight types of wastes (or "muda" in Japanese) that are all around them. The ability to identify waste is the first step towards their elimination.

Included in this presentation is a collection of specific examples of the eight waste of Lean from seven industries. They include: Manufacturing, Product Development, Healthcare, Financial Services, IT Services, Government (Public Sector) and Office (Administrative Functions).


This presentation can easily be integrated with your own Lean training materials focusing on waste analysis, elimination and prevention techniques such as 5S principles, Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping, PDCA Problem Solving, etc. to create a comprehensive Lean training program. 

Note: This training package includes:

  1. The 8 Deadly Wastes training presentation (PowerPoint format)

  2. Eight Wastes of Lean poster (PDF format, in color and monochrome, printable in A3 size)

Learning Objectives 


  1. Understand the key concept of waste

  2. Learn to recognize the eight types of waste in your work areas and processes

  3. Adopt a positive attitude to waste elimination




1. What is Waste?

  • Introduction to the 8 Deadly Wastes

  • 5 Ways to Increase Production

  • Processing Methods Affect Cost

  • Work versus Waste

  • What is Value?

  • What is Value-added?

  • What is Waste?

  • Definition of Waste

  • How Does Waste Take Root?

  • Waste Take Root When We Accept Stopgap Improvement

  • Benefits of Identifying & Eliminating Waste

  • The 8 Types of Waste

2. The 8 Deadly Wastes (organized by industries)

  • Over-production

  • Inventory

  • Waiting

  • Transportation

  • Motion

  • Over-processing

  • Defects

  • Non-utilized Talent

3. The Attitude for Eliminating Wastes

  • Adopting the Necessary Attitude

  • 10 Principles for Improvement (Masaaki Imai)

You may also be interested in the following Lean and Kaizen-related training presentations:

  1. Kaizen

  2. Kaizen Event Guide

  3. Office Kaizen

  4. Six Steps of Kaizen

  5. 5S Techniques

  6. 5S for the Office

  7. A3 Thinking

  8. PDCA Problem Solving

  9. Value Stream Mapping

  10. Lean Thinking