There’s waste in every industry, including the software industry. Depending on the department the waste would take different forms.
- Defects could either be bugs in the actual software, not developing the features requested by the customer, or shipping the wrong products at the end of the process;
- Overproduction could refer to shipping too much product in advance of demand;
- Waiting can happen in development or shipping;
- Non-Utilized Talent could refer to junior developers whoa are not trained in higher-level tools;
- Transportation refers to the number of times developers pass software back and forth to be edited, or the shipping of products to distribution centers;
- Inventory could be the build up requests for products;
- Motion might refer to the number of screens, applications and websites that staff have to click or open repeatedly and, finally,
- Excess Processing could apply to developing features that no one uses.
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