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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.


Failure Demand is a systemic problem. Organizations can be off the charts busy but be drowning in non-value-added rework. Find out more about what failure demand means in a Lean environment.



... 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.