Activity, Non Value Adding

An activity that can be eliminated without adversely affecting the process. The term is closely related to muda and lean thinking. Examples of typical non-value adding activities in procurement processes include clarifying unclear documentation or unclear drawings or specifications, changes in scope or design, troubleshooting invoice discrepancies, resolving performance issues etc. See also Lean Thinking and Muda.

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