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Operational Excellence through Lean Thinking

Lean Construction Training - Waste

Lean construction takes the concept of waste beyond materials and applies it to all activities on site.

Lean Construction & Waste

Eliminating waste is central to the whole concept of Lean construction. If something is not needed, it shouldn’t be there. If an action is not needed, it shouldn’t be done. Unnecessary things and unnecessary actions – waste in other words – cause delay and consume resources without adding any v

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Similarly, things and actions which are necessary to add value should be there and should be done well. If they are not, the value they would have added or helped to add is going missing – in other words, more waste. Lean introduces the concept of 7 wastes within business which you can identify and then do something about. They are:

  1. Transport
  2. Inventory
  3. Movement
  4. Waiting
  5. Overproduction
  6. Over Processing
  7. Defects

Sometimes an 8th Waste is also included, ‘Skills’, which relates to not effectively using the skills and knowledge of employees available to do the work.

The different Wastes are often referred to by the acronym TIMWOOD(S).

What is Lean Construction?

This video highlights the importance of embedding a lean thinking approach within your teams, getting the right things done, in the right place at the right time.

What is Lean Construction?

Tools and Techniques of Lean Construction

This video explores the importance of the language used when supporting teams to embed the appropriate tools and techniques to drive continuous improvement and a collaborative culture.

Tools and Techniques of Lean Construction

Selected Lean learning resources

Have a look at our latest Lean Construction resources which we hope will help you on your Lean Construction journey.

Lean Construction Training - Waste

Building blocks of Lean Construction

There are key elements to Lean Construction and we have learning resources available to explain each to you and to help you start embedding lean in your organisation.

Problem Solving and Continuous Improvement

Lean techniques can be used to solve problems that happen…

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Visual Management Training

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5S Training

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Standardised Work

Standardisation is used in Lean to make processes better by…

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Value Stream Mapping Training

Value stream mapping is a technique used to sequence all…

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Collaborative Planning
Collaborative Planning and Production Control

Collaborative planning and production control are methods used to ensure…

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