Transport: The Waste that Won't Get You There
Transport's Manufacturing Golden Era
Each time a product is moved it stands the risk of being damaged, lost, delayed, etc. as well as being a cost for no added value. Transportation does not make any transformation to the product that the consumer is willing to pay for. The needs for Transport in manufacturing was reduced by re-organizing workflows and equipment in the factory.
Transport in Software
Hand-offs, transport developed a wonderful affection for the waterfall with all its imposed hand-offs and the functional silos it encouraged. Transport supports delay and the functional silos also became over-processing’s object of affection.
Transport relies on hand-offs between functional silos within an organization. Remove those silos by creating cross functional teams and you reduce the needs for transport.