5 reasons 5S make the world a better place

5S is usually seen as very basic, simple methodology, easy to get through. The reality is totally different and most companies fail to implement a significant and sustainable maturity level of 5S. For those not familiar with and wanting to learn more about 5S, check my Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S. Here are 5 reasons … Continue reading 5 reasons 5S make the world a better place

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5S in hospital

5S are as well an approach, philosophy and methodology to better workplace organization, foundations for efficient and safe work, as well as insuring quality and continuous improvement. They originated in their current form* in industrial workshops in Japan, leading many people to think "this is a production thing". The following video shows a good example … Continue reading 5S in hospital

VSM start on (false) assumption

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a great tool, that got really popular and stands as a one of the icons of Lean. In a nutshell, Value Stream Mapping is the schematic description of physical and information flow of a process or a value chain. It helps understanding the current situation and analyzing the causes of … Continue reading VSM start on (false) assumption

Muda, Muri, Mura

Subtle variations about waste. Some Japanese words have made their way into the western business language since Lean spread worldwide and inspired all businesses. Three of them are quite well known: Muda, Muri, Mura. MUDA Muda is one of the Japanese words passed in the common language of industry. Muda stands as generic word for … Continue reading Muda, Muri, Mura

So many wasted data

In many organizations people capture a lot of data and... just ignore them, wasting their potential value. The latest case, at the moment I write this post, is with an aircraft MRO company. This post echoes a previous one: Trouble with manual data capture Every aircraft undergoing MRO requires a lot of mandatory paperwork for … Continue reading So many wasted data

(At least) three reasons why you should not run your business with superheroes

Since I came across the quote of Fujio Cho* (Toyota chairman) about broken processes requiring extraordinary people, I keep wondering how many of the businesses I see are relying on superheroes. Superheroes are wonderwomen and supermen, those skilled and highly dedicated people who run processes or whole businesses ordinary people would not be able or … Continue reading (At least) three reasons why you should not run your business with superheroes

A perfect world is a lovely place

It happened during a project review meeting during which we went through the planned action sequences. A new late comer to the project raised a few questions and suggested some additions and changes to the action plan. >lisez cet article en français One of the participants, visibly irritated by the new entrant and his interventions, … Continue reading A perfect world is a lovely place

The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiso or Sweep, Shine, scrub

The third S of the series of 5 stands for Seiso, which can be translated as ‘cleaning’ or for the sake of verbs starting with an S: Shine, Scrub, Sweep, Sanitize and the like. In the introduction post to this series, I summarized 5S as a philosophy, approach or methodology to provide simple, effective rules … Continue reading The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiso or Sweep, Shine, scrub

Gemba walk: go for the why, not the who (don’t look for someone to blame)

Gemba walks got increasingly popular over time but so went the misunderstanding of its purpose. One of the worst misuse of the Gemba walk is going to spot deviations and wastes, and then instead of trying to understand the causes which led to those deviations or wastes (the why), managers go for someone to blame … Continue reading Gemba walk: go for the why, not the who (don’t look for someone to blame)

The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiton or Setting in order

The 5S philosophy is a way of thinking focusing on organizing workplace in order to simplify the work environment and strive to reduce wastes while improving quality and safety. 5S' second S stands for Seiton. Seiton is usually translated into “systematic arrangement” or “set in order” and summarized in the saying "a place for everything … Continue reading The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiton or Setting in order