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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: Dan Markovitz | 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 »
Should value-stream mapping come before 5S?
By: Michael Ballè | January 19, 2017
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: Shouldn’t VSM come before 5S so we see the whole picture first? 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 »
Would you have a fresh perspective on 5S to make it more motivating?
By: Ballé, Michael | September 10, 2014
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: I’m the manager of a plant that has changed hands (again). The new corporate team finds my 5S insufficient (again) and want me to make a 5S drive (again). Would you have a fresh perspective on 5S to make it more motivating? 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 »
What's wrong with taking a tools approach to lean management?
By: Michael Ballè | April 16, 2018
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: I keep hearing that a tool approach to lean is wrong, but tools deliver results – how can that be wrong? 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 »
How Do You Spread a Lean Transformation from One Site to Many?
By: Ballé, Michael | February 2, 2015
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: My CEO has asked me to spread lean to 30 other sites. How should I go about 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 »
We’re being audited on five levels on fifteen topics. I feel that if we actually worked on all these items, the plant would just stop working. Am I missing anything?
By: Ballé, Michael | March 27, 2014
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: Our facility is being rated on a “lean maturity” audit. We’re being audited on five levels on fifteen topics, each having multiple sub-topics. I feel that if we actually worked on all these items, the plant would just stop working. Am I missing anything? 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 »
How do we get started with lean tools in new product development?
By: Ballé, Michael | March 8, 2013
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: My company already has a deep rooted lean culture.    However, it would seem that the next evolution would be in my department, Research & Development.    Do you have any suggestions on how to take lean tools from process improvements such as kaizen, 5S, etc. to new product development? 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 »
How Should We Relate Lean Projects to KPIs in a Large Company?
By: Ballé, Michael | July 26, 2012
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: We have started a continuous improvement process with dedicated lean experts at each site. Until now our focus was on training. We link projects to a site impact-priority matrix. Management wants the improvements projects to be linked to key performance indicators (KPIs) such as on-time delivery and cost of quality. They want these KPIs identified, and progress reported on how the projects impact the KPIs monthly. Could you guide me on how this can be done? 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 »
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