Here are 3 proven methods:
- Constant questioning. Ask yourself and everyone else if you would need this if everything were right, and right the first time.
- It sometimes helps to bring in outsiders to help you look for waste, because it is easiest to think “outside the box” if you are “outside the box.” Customers and suppliers or people from adjacent processes may challenge assumptions we don’t even realize we are making.
- Benchmarking internally, within the industry, and in different
industries can also raise questions and help you recognize waste
that you have overlooked before.
If you can take a path of searching for WASTE rather than just improvements, regardless of whether you already have a solution, you can avoid the “road of diminishing returns,” and instead delve into the underlying causes to make truly important improvements.