The Waste Hunt challenge is an opportunity to look at what you and your team do every day from a different perspective. It will help you find opportunities to remove waste and make systems more efficient.
This is a team activity and you will get the best results from all getting involved. There are a few ground rules you must follow and these are listed below. Print this list out, add some of your own rules and put it on the wall where it can remind you as you work through the activities.
- Everyone needs to contribute
- Everyone has something to offer
- Be open to change
- Don’t justify your position
- Keep focused on the outcome
- This is everyone’s responsibility
- Together Everyone Achieves More
- You need to invest time to save time
We often don’t realise how much waste we have in our day to day operations. Some things are obvious like out of date products and drugs, breakages, lost tools. Other things are less obvious like waiting for information to do a job, or the second herd to arrive.
You might think these things aren’t big and don’t happen that often, however you would be surprised how lots of little things add up and often there can be significant amounts of time and money lost out of the system every day.
What difference would it make to your team if you could all save 30 minutes a day by changing a few things?
Doing an assessment at the start of the process will give you a benchmark to measure the progress you make.
Download the Waste Hunt Assessment, complete it and keep it as your benchmark.
You're now ready to move on...
Step 2 - Finding waste
Waste can be described as actions or activities that don't add value to the job you're doing. This step is all about finding waste.