‘Value Adding’ is a task that is taken toward a service or product that adds value to the end state of that product. Ultimately you need to ask yourself the question, is my customer willing to pay for the service this area is providing? If the answer to that question is no, then it’s a ‘Non-Value Adding’ step.
In the past 7 years as a Lean Continuous Improvement (CI) practitioner, the most common question I get asked is, “So… What is it you do in your role?” Usually, in response to this question, I pause for a moment and tend to describe the technical aspects of my job, whether it be: achieving financial benefits through the delivery of projects, releasing capacity through streamlining processes, describing my role as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and the list most definitely goes on. In all cases: I’m often greeted with a blank face, disinterest, statements such as “that sounds complicated” and then the topic of conversation quickly changes to something different and more likely understood by the unaffiliated.