Lean thinkers have identified 8 wastes (Muda) that you should strive to reduce or eliminate.

8 Wastes: Some examples of each waste.

  1. Overproduction: Harvesting more silage than you need or raising more chickens than you can sell
  2. Inventory: Ordering and keeping items you won't need for a long time
  3. Defects: Sick calves or unplanned maintenance
  4. Overprocessing: Spending time getting things cleaner than they have to be
  5. Motion: More steps or movement than needed to perform a task
  6. Transportation: Hauling too often or wrong size loads
  7. Under Utilized Talent: Not listening to employee ideas
  8. Waiting: Too many people in parlor or long wait times in the field representing too many trailers