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 with high standards for 5S and other lean practices. We call our blog gemba panta rei which means roughly “things are always changing on the shop floor” if you parse the combination of Japanese and Greek. This blog is also changing.
As we have experimented with various layouts and designs this site has gotten progressively cluttered, and it is time now to refresh it. What better place to start than with 5S? Here is the result of a preliminary 5S red tag event for this site. We asked ourselves, “What does our customers value?” In this case there are both internal and external customers. The guiding principles are to make the information customers want, when they want, in the amount they want, error-free. We will start by removing some of what is taking up space without adding much value, and also by culling outdated or irrelevant articles from the past.
Within a couple of weeks you will see a much simpler look to this blog. Everything changes, even this blog. If it’s a change for the worse, be sure to let us know.