WOMBAT stands for Waste Of Money, Brains And Time. For those who work in the forefront of the process need to understand and apply Lean process improvement methodologies soon to observe results. It is crucial to conduct training or lean process improvement workshops which are based on Lean principles for these workers.
Lean process improvement can be defined as reduction of the resources consumed from receipt of an order to delivery of the product or service to a customer. The Japanese term Muda defines seven categories of waste, referred to as TIM WOOD (Transportation Inventory Motion Waiting Overproduction Over processing Defects).
To start the process improvement, identifying waste is more important than categorizing it. WOMBTs of a process includes the resources for the process could be financial ore material resources, the wait time between or during process operation and the waste of knowledge and wisdom needed to make badly designed or uncontrolled processes work.
Once people actively start seeking WOMBATs, they get better at finding them. WOMBAT motivates them to deal with issues more creatively. Once identified, removal of WOMBATs becomes easy and more WOMBATs are identified as the benefits of waste removal waste from processes can be noticed.