Eliminate Massive Amounts of Waste

Wage War on Waste

Know your enemy! Success with lean begins with learning to discern the difference between value and waste, and focusing your efforts to overcome your true enemy: waste!


Create Processes that Flow

Progressively improve flow and eliminate bottlenecks in all your processes as you deal with the 7 deadly wastes of lean. Improve quality, cost, and delivery, and massively shorten lead times!


Build a Culture of Waste Elimination

Train all associates in waste elimination fundamentals, including the 7 classic wastes of lean.

Waste Training Made Easy

We keep lean simple, and train concepts to unleash participation everywhere.

  • Bite-sized on-demand videos covering the essential 7 wastes of lean.

  • 8 training modules containing everything you need to know about waste (45 min).

  • Supplemental YouTube videos to reinforce concepts with real-life examples from a variety of industries.

Deliver Training on Your Terms

  • On the shop floor

    Play videos in daily stand up meetings. Reinforce lean behaviors for weeks and months to come!

  • In your next workshop

    Use the course as a complete kaizen curriculum in your next training class or workshop. Train management. Train associates. And even kick-off kaizen events.

  • At any computer

    Assign training to be completed at the learner's own workstation or desk. Any device with an internet connection will work (phones and tablets included)!

  • For each new hire

    Accelerate new hire comprehension with targeted lean training! Ensure that lean behaviors are taught for years to come.

  • In your next kaizen event

    Prepare participants in your next kaizen event with effective lean knowledge. Make sure they hit the ground running...and in the right direction!

Pricing options

Gain access to this training via the Lean Starter Membership, and all our other kaizen training resources!

Enroll in the Course

Start an annual subscription to the Lean Starter Membership and get all you ever needed to teach kaizen.

Get started now $550 / yr

What You'll Learn Inside the Course

  • The difference between value and waste and the importance of waste elimination

  • Each of the 7 wastes of lean (transportation, inventory, motion, waiting, over processing, over production, and waiting)

  • 34 tips for eliminating the 7 wastes

Course Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction

Video 1: Overview of the 7 Wastes

  • Learn the difference between value and waste.
  • Discover all 7 of the classic wastes of lean.
  • Understand the importance and goal of eliminating waste.
  • Make your processes go "bang, bang, bang!"

Section 2: The 7 Wastes

Video 1: Transportation

  • Understand why transportation is wasteful and adds no value.
  • Learn to recognize the waste of transportation
  • Discover 4 tips for eliminating the waste.
  • Realize that technology and automation is not the answer.

Video 2: Inventory

  • Understand why inventory is wasteful and adds no value.
  • Learn to recognize the waste of inventory
  • Discover 5 tips for eliminating the waste.
  • Realize that software is insufficient for dealing with the waste of inventory.

Video 3: Motion

  • Understand why motion is wasteful and adds no value.
  • Learn to recognize the waste of motion.
  • Discover 5 tips for eliminating the waste.

Video 4: Waiting

  • Understand why waiting is wasteful and adds no value.
  • Learn to recognize the waste of waiting.
  • Discover 5 tips for eliminating the waste.
  • Avoid two common traps when dealing with the waste of waiting.

Video 5: Over Processing

  • Learn two definitions for the waste of over processing.
  • Understand why over processing is wasteful and adds no value.
  • Learn to recognize the waste of over processing.
  • Discover 4 tips for eliminating the waste.

Video 6: Over Production

  • Understand why over production is wasteful and adds no value.
  • Learn to recognize the waste of over production.
  • Understand three reasons why over production happens.
  • Discover 6 tips for eliminating the waste.

Video 7: Defects

  • Understand why defects are wasteful and add no value.
  • Learn to recognize the waste of defects.
  • Discover 5 tips for eliminating the waste.

Pricing options

Gain access to this training via the Lean Starter Membership, and all our other kaizen training resources!

Enroll in the Course

Start an annual subscription to the Lean Starter Membership and get all you ever needed to teach kaizen.

Get started now $550 / yr

Membership Options

The Starter Membership

Unlock the genius in every person.

Start growing people with essential lean concepts such as 5S Productivity, Kaizen Best Practices, The 7 Wastes of Lean, and Standardization.
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The Maniac Membership

The Starter Membership plus everything else!

Take your education further by deep-diving into advanced lean topics including my Fundamentals of Lean and lean tours of successful organizations. Membership contents: 5S Productivity, The 7 Wastes of Lean, Kaizen Best Practices, Standardization, The Fundamentals of Lean, Experiencing Lean at Xylem Design.
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The Enterprise Membership

Learning Management System (LMS) integration.

Gain the ability to integrate all Lean Smarts videos into your learning management system (LMS).
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