Category Archives: Lean Six Sigma

Waste and Non Value Add in Software Development

In my series Customer Value Add I went over the list of wastes as identified in lean six sigma. I would now like to connect this to software development and identify where there can be best and how it can … Continue reading

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CVA or NVA – Employees Under Utilized – 8

The final one in non-value add category is Employees under utilized. This is when the knowledge and creativity of an employee is not fully used. This happens more than we think it does. Due to lack of cross-training and cross-utilization … Continue reading

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CVA or NVA – Motion – 7

Next category in our downtime analysis is motion. Motion is poor organization within work area or location of equipment needed for the job or extra setup time. For example if you have to log into a system to get data, … Continue reading

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CVA or NVA – Inventory – 6

Inventory is the sixth item in D.O.W.N.T.I.M.E post.  Inventory is considered to be transactions waiting to be processed or batch processing. Inventory can also be storage or things that are in stored long term. This is a one of the few types … Continue reading

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CVA or NVA – Transportation – 5

Hello all. Am back with my 5th piece in the series of Customer Value Add. Transportation is the travel of data/document or moving things manually throughout a building. This a very big issue in manufacturing industry where parts of a … Continue reading

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CVA or NVA – Non-Value Added Processing – 4

Continuing with the Customer Value Add series this piece will address Non-Value Added Processing. Another area where one can look to be more efficient is looking at the current processes steps and addressing areas where there could be non-value add due to … Continue reading

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CVA or NVA – Waiting (Idle Time) – 3

This is the third piece in the customer value add series. The next in the CVA or NVA analysis is Waiting (Idle Time). What does waiting time mean? It’s the time between tasks where there is no work being done. … Continue reading

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CVA or NVA – Overproduction or Overengineering – 2

Over production or over engineering are considered a non-value add and a waste. When we try to add unnecessary steps to a process or make it more complicated than it is required we are creating more chances of creating defects … Continue reading

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CVA or NVA – Defect or Rework – 1

In my previous post I talked about customer value add and talked about non value add (NVA). D.O.W.N.T.I.M.E is the word I used to talk about waste. The first one in the downtime is Defects or rework.  Customers don’t pay … Continue reading

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Its All About Customer Value Add

Customer value add tasks are those tasks that a customer is willing to pay for. On a daily basis we maybe be doing several activities or tasks and some of them are tasks that business requires us to do and … Continue reading

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