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Great Question! Unless the raw material demands the waiting before it can be used, the answer is no.

But based on your brief description, YES! It’s waste. Any step that doesn’t add value and the product is just waiting is waste. Usually it sits there because it’s waiting to be recognized in the system or waiting to be assigned or placed a spot in the warehouse.

Any step that doesn’t add value and the product is just waiting is waste.

 

Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner at GoLeanSixSigma.com. 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.