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PPT: Identifying Waste Training Presentation
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Identifying Waste



Many organizations have jumped onto the Lean bandwagon to eliminate waste with the aim of creating customer value, improving quality, reducing costs and shortening lead time.


To eliminate waste, we must first find or discover them. However, for many people who have become so used to their manufacturing or workplace environment, finding waste or identifying what activities constitute waste may be a difficult exercise.

This presentation teaches you how to discover waste from a wide variety of approaches. Waste are all around us, and they include all those extraneous and counterproductive assumptions, attitudes, activities, materials, machines, operations and processes.

Based on the Lean philosophy, all activities in an organization can be grouped into two categories: value-added (VA) activities, and non-value-added (NVA) activities. It should be noted that VA and NVA activities (waste) are viewed from the customer perspective.

VA activities are those that bring higher value to products and services. Examples are answering customer queries, entering orders, ordering materials, laying foundation, creating codes, assembling parts, shipping of goods to customers, etc. Customers are willing to pay for these improvements which can change the form, fit or function of a product or service.

On the other hand, NVA activities are tasks that add cost or time but do not add value. Examples are filing, copying, recording, waiting, counting, checking, inspecting, testing, reviewing and obtaining approvals. These activities should be eliminated, simplified or reduced as much as possible.

In our work environment, the eight types of waste are all around us. They are: Over-production, Inventory, Waiting, Transportation (or Conveyance), Motion, Over-processing, Defects, and Non-utilized Talent (or Intellect).


This Identifying Waste PPT presentation can be used to educate your management and staff on the four models that can be used to systematically discover waste on the shopfloor. To be able to discover waste is the first step towards its elimination. This training material can also be used to supplement your Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, 5S, Standardization, Value Stream Mapping, Gemba Walk and TPM training materials.

Note: This training package includes:

  1. Identifying Waste PPT training presentation (PowerPoint format)

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

Learning Objectives


  1. Discover waste in your work environment

  2. Learn how to remove waste

  3. Learn how to prevent waste



1.  What is Waste?

  • What is Value?

  • What is Value-added?

  • What is Waste?

  • How Does Waste Take Root?

  • Waste Take Root When We Accept Stopgap Improvement

  • Benefits of Identifying & Eliminating Waste


2.  The Classification of Waste

  • The Three MUs: Muda, Mura and Muri

  • The 5M + Q + S

  • The Flow of Goods

  • The Eight Types of Waste (Manufacturing)

  • The Eight Types of Waste (Service/Office)

  • Waste-finding Checklists


3.  How to Discover Waste

  • Three Approaches to Discover Waste

  • Using the Back Door

  • Bringing Latent Waste to the Surface

  • Analyzing Current Conditions

  • Value Stream Mapping

  • Value-added Flow Chart

  • Flow Analysis Chart


4.  How to Remove Waste

  • Adopt the Necessary Attitude

  • Remove Waste in the Movement of Goods

  • Remove Waste in the Actions of People

  • Remove Waste in the Way People, Goods and Machines Are Combined


5.  How to Prevent Waste

  • Standardization

  • Visual Controls

  • Auditory Controls

  • 5W + 1H


You may also be interested in the following training presentations and frameworks (sold separately):

  1. Total Quality Management

  2. Total Quality Process

  3. PDCA Problem Solving Technique & Tools

  4. Root Cause Analysis

  5. Seven Basic Quality Tools

  6. Seven Advanced Quality Tools

  7. Reducing the Cost of Quality

  8. 8D Problem Solving Process

  9. Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)

  10. Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA)

  11. Mistake-Proofing

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