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