TIMWOODS and how to reduce them!

In our previous post, we shared the eight wastes of TIMWOODS and how to identify these wastes by mapping out your processes.

In today’s posts, we’ll share with you a few ways to reduce the wastes of TIMWOODS. We can not be too practical with these solutions because solutions differ by operations and processes but we’ll try to give the most general of solutions that we can and also share some general methodologies that can be used to come up with solutions.


T – Transport waste– Moving people, products & information

I – Inventory waste– Storing parts, pieces, documentation ahead of requirements

M – Motion waste– Bending, turning, reaching, lifting

W – Waiting waste– For parts, information, instructions, equipment

O – Over production waste– Making more than is IMMEDIATELY required

O – Over processing waste– Tighter tolerances or higher grade materials than are necessary

D – Defects waste– Rework, scrap, incorrect documentation

S – Skills waste– Under utilizing capabilities, delegating tasks with inadequate training

TIMWOODS and Solutions

T – Transport Wastes: You can reduce this waste by creating a multitask workstation, where possible. This waste occurs mostly in situations where material A is in the west wing of the white house and material B is in the east wing; and both these materials are needed to produce product A.

The soultion, in this case, is to identify which two or more processes compliment eah other and physically bring these processes close to each other.

I – Inventory Wastes: This waste occurs when you have an overstocked shelf of inventory waiting to be used / sold.

Solution is using lean methods like the pull-system, use ICT solutions like a Supply Chain Management to integrate you and your suppliers inventory database. You would be surprised at how much money and time you have been wasting by overstocking your inventory.

M – Motion Wastes: This waste occurs where there are poor workspace arrangements. Its similiar to the Transportation waste but in a smaller scale and it can easily be sorted by arranging your workspace better to make work more efficient.

W – Waiting Wastes: The mother of all wastes if you ask me. Waiting time is something most businesses cannot do without. The customer must wait after making an inquiry or placing an order before receiving their service.

How then can this be eliminated? The goal is not to eliminate your waiting time but to reduce it to the minimum. Add an extra hand in the workstation, reduce your transport and motion wastes, make information at fingertip speed; these are several ways to reducing your waiting time. Although, there are some process waiting wastes that can be completely eliminated, when these are identified, eliminate!

O – Over production Wastes: This waste occurs with bad managerial decision making. When managers still make decisions based on assumptions and wild guesses.

DDDM! Data-Driven Decision Making! This is the solution for this waste. Make and produce based on data derived from your previous sales.

O – Over processing Wastes: Big fish in a small pond! Reduce your size, when you get to a bigger pond, be the big fish in the big pond! This waste occurs when your business is producing a service or product way higher than the standard and it’s causing you to run at a loss.

Solution: Step down to the standard – nothing less than standard, of your environment. When the market around you begins to step us, then you step back up incrementally.

D – Defects Wastes: This waste occurs where there’s lack of quality control.

Solution: Form a quality control team or come up with a quality control mechanism like the CTQ (Critical-to-Qualtiy) method to identify and define certain processes critical to the quality of your product / service or methods like Poka-yoke for automated process that can involve human activities also.

S – Skills Wastes: The examples given for this waste is pretty self explanatory.

Solutions: Staff training (read our post on Employee Training Issues for most profitable ways to train your staff). Know your staff, know their capabilities and competences and work with it!

As mentioned earlier, these wastes can differ in operations based on what kind of business you run. So do the solutions differ; the solutions given in this post are more general but can be used for specific business.

These wastes eat up businesses, don’t let them eat yours. You now have knowledge of them now, act with the knowledge you have!

Of course, if this is still too complicated for you, you can always contact Ya’ats Advisory Services via our contact page on our website. We can help you!

For more advice and tips on today’s post, you can contact us via the contact us page.

You can also contact us regarding questions about any other ICT in Business related problems.

We are Ya’ats Advisory Services and we’re here to bring customer satisfaction your way.



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