So I have 5S on my mind since I’m wrapping up a 5S course for the Gemba Academy School of Lean.
Anyhow, while finishing the “sustain” module I thought about one of the easiest ways to determine how far your organization has come on the 5S journey.
Candy Wrapper Audit
Here’s my idea. Go to your vending machine and buy a candy bar. Eat the candy bar or give it away if you don’t eat candy. Next, take the candy bar wrapper and drop it on the ground. And make sure the place you select has decent foot traffic. Then hide around the corner.
The “audit” is to see how many people walk past the candy bar wrapper before bending down, picking it up, and throwing it away. Perhaps if the first person stops you score a 5, etc. You could even run the test in multiple locations if you wanted to get really tricky!
Am I nuts?
What do you think? Is this a fair test? Why not give it a try and let us know how it works out?