Charter

A document that clearly defines the focused kaizen team mission, scope of activities, risks, and deliverables (if required by management to provide additional details). – Institute of Operational Excellence

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WIP

WIP: Stands for “work In process”. Any inventory between raw material and finished goods. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Waiting Waste

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Waiting Waste: Idle time created when waiting for anything in a manufacturing process. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping: A pencil-and-paper tool used in the following two stages: 1. To follow a product’s production path from beginning to end and draw a visual representation of every process in the material and information flows. 2. To then draw a future state map of how value should flow. The most important map is […]

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Value Stream Manager

Value Stream Manager: The person responsible for creating a future state map and leading door-to-door implementation of the future state for a particular product family. This person makes change happen across departmental and functional boundaries. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Value-Added Time

Value-Added Time: Time for those work elements that transform the product in a way the customer is willing to pay for. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Value-Added

Value-Added: Any activity that increases the market form or function of the product or service. (These are things the customer is willing to pay for.) – Institute of Operational Excellence

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U-Shaped Cells

U-Shaped Cells: U-shaped, product-oriented cell layouts that allow an operator(s) to produce and transfer parts one piece, or one small lot, at a time. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Underutilized People Waste

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Underutilized People Waste: The waste of not using people’s mental, creative, and physical skills and abilities. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Transportation Waste

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Transportation Waste: The waste of unnecessarily transporting parts and materials around the plant. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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