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From the Lean Lexicon 5th Edition:

5S:   see Five Ss
5S, Hygiene, and Healthy Habits
By: Michael Ballé | April 23, 2020
Columns
5S-like practice can uncover hidden beliefs and misconceptions, and pave the way to adopting new hygiene practices – as opposed to arbitrary imposition, argues Michael Balle, adding: In this community, we, of all people, have been trained to do so. Now is the time to start acting on it. More »
5S Is a Way of Thinking and Practice
By: Jean Cunningham | October 29, 2019
Columns; eLetters
It would be impossible to find a valid description of lean that does not include the importance of 5S for organization, standardization, and continuous improvement. Originally applied in manufacturing, 5S is now being applied broadly in many industries including healthcare, government, and software. As Taiichi Ohno said, “Without standards there can be no improvement.  ” I have been a lean practitioner since the early 1990s and my niche as been focusing on developing the lean management system beyond manufacturing. I understood the importance of 5S early on. But it took a series of personal insights for me to fully appreciate More »
5S - The Way to Start Your Lean Journey…or Is It?
By: Dale Savage | September 12, 2017
Columns
Many people think that a 5S implementation is the perfect way to kickstart a full lean transformation. It can be - IF you do it right. Years ago Dale Savage witnessed a lean disaster at his company that all started with a new 5S program. Find out what happened and how you can keep it from happening to your company. More »
5S Again and Again and Again
By: Ballé, Michael | August 7, 2009
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach, I've just inherited responsibility for our 5S efforts in our company. Any suggestions for how I can get the program back on track? More »
5S for Information
By: Markovitz, Dan | August 4, 2008
Articles
When a Lean Thinker asked how to apply the principles of 5S to the company server, Dan Markovitz responded with advice for applying these five key concepts to electronic information files. More »
5S - Visual Workplace
Workshops
5S methodology helps organizations achieve more consistent operational results through maintaining an orderly workplace. This workshop will introduce you to the 5S methodology and help you learn basic implementation steps including evaluation and audit. More »
Can 5S apply to coding?
By: Michael Ballé | September 30, 2019
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach, We’re exploring lean in software development. Can 5S apply to coding? More »
How do I implement 5S when operators think everyone does things a little differently?
By: Michael Ballé | June 17, 2019
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach,  How do I implement 5S  in our small but growing shop where operators have the belief that everyone does things a little differently? More »
Lean Roundup: 5S
By: Tom Ehrenfeld | February 24, 2017
Columns
LEI's Senior Editor Tom Ehrenfeld provides an engaging insight into the web's best resources on 5S, a fundamental lean tool that was the first many of us ever used when we started our lean journeys. More »
Muda Corporation: The Pitfalls of 5S
By: Marius Gil | February 14, 2017
Columns
In the latest installment of his "Muda Corporation" series, Marius Gil shares nine common mistakes he has seen people make with 5S. More »
Making Things Better - 5S-ing the Community
By: Tony Heath | October 5, 2016
Columns
Do you use any lean tools to make your community a better place? Tony Heath has, ever since he was first sold on 5S many years ago. Here's his story. More »
My Lean Journey: The 5Ss
By: Cameron Ford | October 14, 2015
Columns
Do you remember the first time you realized the true potential of lean in improving work output? Lean newcomer Cam Ford does - here's his story of the very first lean concept he ever used and how it helped him almost from Day 1. More »
We get good results with kaizen, but why don't they stick?
By: Michael Ballé | December 17, 2018
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach,  Our teams have good results with kaizen, but nothing seems to stick for long – any advice? More »
Five Whys Animation
July 19, 2018
Videos and Webinars
The practice of asking why repeatedly whenever a problem is encountered in order to get beyond the obvious symptoms to discover the root cause. Watch this animation to learn more.    More »
The Magnificent 7 of Lean Manufacturing
By: Andrew Quibell | March 20, 2018
Columns
How do you establish stability on a shop floor that’s chaotic? Andrew Quibell recommends “7 manufacturing basics,” his personal selection of lean improvement tools, methodologies, and techniques. And they also boost people’s confidence, helping them sustain improvements. More »
Summer Kata Video: Example Coaching Cycle
By: Mike Rother | July 14, 2017
Presentations
The five Coaching Kata questions are just the main headings for a coaching cycle, and prompts to help reveal how the learner is thinking — so the coach can give appropriate, situational feedback. This video includes clarifying questions, discussion, and feedback between the five Coaching Kata questions. Please excuse the poor audio. More »
Kata Skill at Novice Level
By: By Beth Carrington | May 1, 2016
Presentations
LEI IK/CK instructor Beth Carrington illustrates five common themes when you find yourself at Novice level. More »
The Snowstorm on Your Server
By: Eric Ethington | April 6, 2016
Columns
When looking for a place to implement 5S, your company's server or shared drive might not be the first to come to mind. And yet it's a major cause of waste for so many professionals who spend hours clicking through the sea of similar-looking files. This was the challenge that Eric Ethington faced at a previous job - 5S his company's SharePoint site and eliminate the waste. Here's how he did it. More »
Standardization is a Countermeasure, Never the Goal
By: Mark Graban | July 29, 2014
Columns
"If you're excited about standardized work and standardization, especially if you're new to Lean, please stop and think about the problem that's being solved and confirm that there is one before you move forward," writes Mark Graban. Read more. More »
SHARPEN YOUR KATA COACHING
By: By Bill Costantino | January 5, 2014
Presentations
Here are five easy techniques to improve your coaching when using the 5 Coaching Kata Questions. This is a SlideCast, so turn your speakers on and click 'Play.  ' More »
Lean Business-IT Integration, Part Five: Measurement - Finding Our True North
By: Bell, Steve | November 8, 2012
Articles
In the fifth article of a five-part series on Lean IT, LEI faculty member Steve Bell addresses measurement. Part One begins with the importance of lean business-IT integration. Part Two offers help with the common obstacles to a lean IT transformation. Part Three examines how to integrate the various IT communities. And Part Four examines leadership and IT governance. More »
Lean Business-IT Integration, Part Four: The Lean Learning Leader
By: Bell, Steve | July 30, 2012
Articles
In the fourth article of a five-part series on Lean IT, LEI faculty member Steve Bell addresses leadership and IT governance. Part One begins with the importance of lean business-IT integration. Part Two offers help with the common obstacles to a lean IT transformation. Part Three examines how to integrate the various IT communities. And Part Five explains how to measure business-IT Value. More »
THE FIVE COACHING KATA QUESTIONS
By: By Mike Rother | June 1, 2012
Presentations
The Five Questions are a pattern and routine that's central to coaching the Improvement Kata. More »
Lean Business-IT Integration, Part Two: Obstacles to Value-Stream Transformation
By: Bell, Steve | November 15, 2011
Articles
In this, the second of a five part series, LEI faculty member Steve Bell offers a framework to help overcome the common obstacles to a lean IT transformation. Part Three will examine how to integrate the various IT communities. Part Four addresses the management and governance of this new approach. And Part Five explains how to measure business-IT Value. More »
Lean Business-IT Integration, Part One: Who Wants to Go Talk to IT About This One?
By: Bell, Steve | September 8, 2011
Articles
In this, the first of a five part series, LEI faculty member Steve Bell begins with the importance of lean business-IT integration. Part Two offers help with the common obstacles to a lean IT transformation. Part Three examines how to integrate the various IT communities. Part Four addresses the management and governance of this new approach. And Part Five explains how to measure  business-IT value. More »
Lean Thinking for the Office
By: Locher, Drew | June 29, 2011
Articles
Unfortunately, attempts to apply lean principles in service organizations or to administrative processes in manufacturing companies often fall short of complete success. Key reasons for these shortcomings is that office work has more variability than factory work. However, the cause of the variability is often how the company organizes itself to process information. In many printing companies, the information process consumes the largest amount of lead time, which a printer typically addresses through prepress. But the lengthy lead times in the prepress process are related to the many hand-offs and queues that exist. To minimize the delays, printers make significant More »
Landscape Forms Cultivates Lean to Fuel Growth Goals
By: Tonya Vinas | February 11, 2009
Case Studies; Charts, Graphs and Diagrams
With single-item orders 80% of the time, adopting single-piece flow and cellular production made sense to management at Landscape Forms, a low-volume, high-mix producer of outdoor furniture in Kalamazoo, MI. Find out how the company continued to spread the lean conversion by taking on the harder challenges of reinventing the production schedule through leveling, implementing lean financial management, and creating culture that embraced change and More »
Making Lean Leaders -- Ariens Internship Program Develops Lean Management and Leadership Skills in Everyone
By: Taninecz, George; | December 16, 2008
Case Studies; Charts, Graphs and Diagrams
Besides making snow-blowers, mowers, and string trimmers, Ariens Co.  , of Brillion, WI, makes lean leaders. An internal lean internship program steeps factory and front-office associates in the principles of lean and leadership by connecting the concepts to actual work. Ariens attributes its ability to acquire companies, enter new markets, and remain competitive in tough times to the program, which has helped it grow without dramatic increases in staff. More »
Lean Thinking in Government: The State of Iowa
By: David Drickhamer | November 19, 2008
Case Studies; Charts, Graphs and Diagrams
For several years the Iowa Veterans Home has used lean concepts to improve processes spanning the departments that deliver care to over 700 U.  S. military veterans and their spouses. This lean case study looks at a recent kaizen event at the Veterans Home and more broadly at the five-year old lean effort in Iowa government. More »
Lean Landscapers
By: George Taninecz | October 14, 2008
Case Studies; Charts, Graphs and Diagrams
HighGrove Partners, an Atlanta landscaping company, needed some time to figure out how to apply lean management principles. After all, each of its 300 work sites is different and changes with the seasons, soil conditions, and weather. But, aided by a lawn mower manufacturer that was pursuing a lean conversion, HighGrove management stuck with its transformation, uncovered repeatable processes among the variability, established standardized work, removed waste, and improved processes and business More »
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