imageI’m a fan on the Gemba Panta Rei blog. In a recent post they talk about the

Five Questions to Ask When You Hear “We’re too busy for Lean” .


This post makes me think again at the importance of the 5S: here is the definition from Wikipedia (please note that the translation and the interpretation of the guys from Gemba is slightly different)

  • Separating. Refers to the practice of going through all the tools, materials, etc., in the work area and keeping only essential items. […]
  • Sorting. Focuses on the need for an orderly workplace. “Orderly” in this sense means arranging the tools and equipment in an order that promotes work flow[…]
  • Shine. Indicates the need to keep the workplace clean as well as neat. Cleaning in Japanese companies is a daily activity […]
  • Standardizing. This refers to standardized work practices. […] This means operating in a consistent and standardized fashion. […]
  • Sustaining. Refers to maintaining standards. […]