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Many Lean terms originate from Japan. Muda is one of those terms. It really translates to ‘wasteful activity’, but in common practice most people simply use this definition: muda = waste.
Since one of Lean’s main goals is reducing waste to improve flow, it is no surprise that muda had a major role in Lean. If there was a single battle cry for Lean, it would be ‘No Muda!’
Taiichi Ohno, the father of the Toyota Production System, identified 7 muda types.
He called overproduction the worst form of muda, since it creates and hides all the other forms of waste. (More detail is available under waste.)
Many people add an eighth, human-focused, form of muda: unused creativity.
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I want to know which is the worst form of waste ?
I always teach that overproduction is the worst form of waste, as it creates and hides all the others.
But you could also argue that unused creativity is the worst, as you never know what good ideas are not being implemented.
What do you think?
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