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Let’s Ban the Eighth Waste

The Seven Wastes of the Toyota Production System are part of the folklore of lean thinking and this article discusses the popular addition of an eighth one to the list. It argues that this is a counter-productive move and moreover suggests that a modern waste list should not be fixed or finite and that lean practitioners should be encouraged to develop their own list using the appropriate criteria in order to maximise the impact of identification and removal activities.

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Become LCS Accredited

An organisation's lean training system can become accredited so that learners who complete its training programmes receive Certificates of Lean Competency. The accrediting process ensures the training system is fit for purpose and aligned to the LCS levels, involving an in-depth scrutiny of all its components. An Accredited Certifier of Lean Competency is licenced for 2 years (renewable) to use the system.

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Become LCS Certified

Experienced lean practitioners can become LCS Certified via an Approved Prior Learning and Experience (APLE) route. This is designed for those with a track record of lean implementation and a broad knowledge of lean thinking principles and techniques, but have no formal lean qualifications or recognition of their credentials. Certification can be at LCS levels 2 and 3.

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The LCS Framework

The LCS is a lean qualifications framework used by accredited organisations to support lean training programmes, facilities or academies and by employees and lean practitioners as a vehicle to develop lean thinking knowledge and practical skills. There are seven levels in the framework, grouped into three categories 1) Fundamental, 2) Technical and 3) Strategic, covering the entire spectrum of lean knowledge and practice.

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