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Inventory is the materials, parts or units sitting unused in a process. Excess inventory before a process step indicates a bottleneck and maintaining more inventory than required ties up capital and takes up valuable storage area. Inventory is one of the 8 Wastes.

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Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Master Black Belt at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Instructor at UC San Diego and teaches in San Diego State University’s Lean Enterprise Program. For almost 20 years, she has helped leading organizations like Washington State, Charles Schwab and GE build problem-solving muscles.

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