Muda is the Japanese term for “waste” which refers to anything in a process that does not add value from the customer’s perspective. The 8 Wastes are a comprehensive list of the most commonly found wastes in a process.

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Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at For almost 20 years, she's helped leading organizations like Washington State, Cisco and GE build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.