Category: The 5S

Total 29 Posts

What’s the ROI of a 5S Program?

A reader asked, “What’s the ROI of a 5S program?” She explained that she had read on another blog that it was impossible to calculate an ROI for a 5S program and that this was troubling for her. She has been leading 5S efforts in her office and now that

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Declutter with 5S in 20 Minutes Per Day?

In modern society there are many promises of something in “only 20 minutes per day” whether it is flat abdominals, riches or perfect happiness. In fact what many people miss is that it is “20 minutes per day FOREVER” that guarantees success. The same is true for sustaining lean culture

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5S Red Tag Event for this Website

Thanks to a reader’s timely comment, I am happy to share with you some news about some accelerated change to our blog. “The site looks like it needs a red tag event!” said Shaun. Right you are! What surprised me was that nobody had ever said this before by readers

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5S Overview Video

The launch of our online training service Gemba Academy is just days away. We have been busy at work readying online training courses for lean manufacturing, six sigma, project management and more. We will offer six month subscriptions which includes the online training, bonus material for download, access to forums

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The Correct Sequence for Doing 5S?

Harish was reading the archives and asked a question: Traditionally (Hirano or Ohno’s Work Place Management) 5S is in a specific order – Sort, Set (Straighten), Shine (Spic & Span), Standardize and Sustain (if needed). I have seen a few books and even a DVD (5S Garage) where the order

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Top 10 Success Factors for 5S

We took a quick poll today during a training class for Lean facilitators on their common experiences with barriers and struggles in sustaining 5S efforts as part of a Lean manufacturing implementation. The top 10 success factors for 5S that we agreed on can be grouped as below: Purpose for

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5S Know How from the Last Century

We are going through a fairly thorough 5S exercise of our server. Just over 22GB of files were red tagged last week. Of the few items that were salvaged from the red tag folder was a series of notes by Brad Schmidt, President of Gemba Japan. These were from a

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