Negative Impact of a 5S First Approach?

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The common start to a lean transformation for most companies begins with the implementation of 5S. The Japanese methodology to minimize errors and mistake proof the workplace through seiri (sort), seiton (set in order), seiso (shine), seiketsu (standardization), and shitsuke (sustain) has been the ultimate starting point for any lean journey. But is there a negative impact of

5S and the Visual Workplace

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5S has become one of the most precise processes for any organization that has adopted a lean methodology. It has been considered the foundation for lean concepts, while providing the stability for sustaining continuous improvement along the way. A key to sustaining 5S however, is combining 5S and the visual workplace concept together, to work

Lean Implementation and Respect for People

Whether attempting to implement lean strategies for the first time in a company or simply making improvements to an already lean culture, it is important to understand how respect for people is involved. Many people who work with lean concepts simply look at the strategies involved and how they can be put in place in

Influencing Change — Building Culture

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Anthropology to the rescue Influencing change, building culture, these are the challenges that keep management up at night. However, with the right tools and philosophies, the challenges that once kept them up, will be a thing of the past. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), works to create sustainable development throughout civilizations

Lean Culture, Defining and Understanding

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Culture, like any other word in the English language is given a definition by the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. It defines culture as: “the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization.” This common sense definition is fine by most standards, but what about lean culture? Lean methods have been adopted

5 Value Added Tips for a Lean Warehouse

Whether you are running an existing warehouse or you’re looking to open a new one, it is always a good time to look at implementing or improving lean concepts. When lean strategies are followed in warehouse environments it can help eliminate wasted time and energy, and improve the responsiveness of the facility as well. Many