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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
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
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
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 »
Adopt a 5S Mindset to Sustain Your Lean Work
By: Andrew Quibell | March 4, 2021
Focusing everyone on “housekeeping” is one of the most powerful mechanisms for empowering team members and driving sustainment of any lean effort at the lowest possible level, says Andrew Quibell. It’s a practical vehicle exposing problems that must be addressed. More »
How do I implement 5S when operators think everyone does things a little differently?
By: Michael Ballé | June 17, 2019
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 »
My Lean Journey: The 5Ss
By: Cameron Ford | October 14, 2015
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
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 »
Art of Lean on Problem-Solving, Part 5: Tuckman's Model of Team Formation
By: Lean Leaper and Art Smalley | June 11, 2021
Coaching teams is the topic of this fifth part of an ongoing series on coaching problem-solving by Art Smalley. He compares the Tuckman Model with similar concepts from a book published by Toyota. More »
We get good results with kaizen, but why don't they stick?
By: Michael Ballé | December 17, 2018
Dear Gemba Coach: Our teams have good results with kaizen, but nothing seems to stick for long – any advice? More »
What's wrong with taking a tools approach to lean management?
By: Michael Ballè | April 16, 2018
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
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
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 »
The Snowstorm on Your Server
By: Eric Ethington | April 6, 2016
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
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
"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
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 »
How do we get started with lean tools in new product development?
By: Ballé, Michael | March 8, 2013
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
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
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 »
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