The 5S

5S Gone Wild

By Jon Miller Updated on May 21st, 2017

I am pretty sure this was meant as a joke.

  1. Anonymous

    February 23, 2010 - 12:56 pm

    I really, really hope so…

  2. Ron Pereira

    February 23, 2010 - 1:04 pm

    Jeesh, you think they could have at least lined the label up with the crack on the ground. Slackers. Ha!

  3. Simon Ellberger

    February 23, 2010 - 8:20 pm

    Ron: Maybe they were trying to show that 5S is not all that it is cracked up to be. 🙂 Or, on the positive side, they were showing they have good grounds for using 5S!:0

  4. John Santomer

    February 23, 2010 - 10:23 pm

    Somebody checked the false ceilings?! That would have been really weird seeing another label hanging just above you…Talk about pushing the envelope up ;;; ;;; 😉

  5. Bob Wiese

    February 24, 2010 - 5:42 am

    That happened to us. In our case it was employees having fun with the process.

  6. Brian Buck

    February 24, 2010 - 8:16 am

    I have been reflecting lately about how important it is to have a business purpose or customer focus behind your improvements. I can’t see how this label will help either.
    Is this a sign that the organization is haphardly applying Lean principles without knowing the outcome? Seems wasteful to me.
    While this may be a joke, is there some passive-agressiveness from the staff about their Lean transformation?
    Great photo Jon!

  7. Doug

    March 6, 2010 - 5:24 am

    The picture may (or may not) represent two things or more. First is that Lean, 5’s or some “like” process is in progress at the location of the picture. An individual put this label there to gain the attention of those around him. Was he successful in getting attention? Obviously, enough so that he/she or someone on the team put the picture up for us all to ponder.
    Second, keep in mind that a big part of this process is to have the people buy in at all levels, to accomplish this let them run wild and allow them to be free to express the innovation that drives them The Champions, team leads whatever you call them will know instantly if the actions are good for the team or not. Some of the very best projects have been inspired by a few chicken scratches on the floor.
    And that’s all I have to say about that! Good Luck all!

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