Word of the Month
Understanding Lean one word at a time…
Monthly micro-learning lessons focused on the Lean lexicon. Have fun as we guide you through the nomenclature;
bringing you insights into the nuances of this proven discipline.
... also known as Muda. Muda is a Japanese word meaning futility, uselessness, or wastefulness. A focus of the Toyota Production System (TPS) and later Lean process improvement, it refers to one of the three types of deviation from optimal allocation of resources: “Muda, Mura, Muri” (Waste, Unevenness, Overburden). Waste is any process that doesn’t add value to the end user.