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5S: More Than Meets The Eye

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The Lean manufacturing process known as 5S has become one of the most universally adopted tools of Lean. Whether your an office in the suburbs or a major manufacturing plant in the city, organizations have found value from using 5S as a workplace management tool. From the outside looking in, 5S can seem like merely

Bring 5S Home

The last thing most of us want to do after a long shift is to bring our work home with us. It’s a separation that is necessary for our livelihood, creativity and lets not forget, our sanity. But what happens when a function of work can actual improve your home life as it does your

The Hawthorne Effect on 5S

Observing employees through the Hawthorne Effect

In the early 1920s and early 1930s in a small suburb of Chicago an Australian-born sociologist conducted some of the most famous series of experiments in industrial research. Elton Mayo would go on to become a professor of industrial research at Harvard University, but he will always be known for his work with The Hawthorne

5S Success

5S Success, working together, keys to success

More often than not the 5S method is implemented into an organization for the purpose of laying a foundation towards future lean methods. 5S is one of the most basic lean methods to implement, but it’s also one of the most important to have concreted into your habits before you can master other lean methods.

The 5S Steering Committee

Implementing a 5S program into your organization’s structure and procedures is a positive step in your lean transformation. The initial implementation is a lot of work and takes skilled trainers to make the transition effective, but sustaining your 5S process can be just as challenging. This is where your 5S steering committee can make a

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

Visual Workplace

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

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