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The Very Best of 5S Benchmarking ReportIn the upcoming posts I plan to give some concise information related to our newly published eBook “The Very Best of 5S” which is based off of our comprehensive 5S Benchmarking Survey conducted in 2011.

For a complimentary copy please click here>> “The Very Best of 5S” Benchmarking report

Let’s start off with the Executive Summary

This manuscript is an in-depth report on 5S Workplace Organization and Standardization. It sheds light on how organizations have successfully created a 5S system or the obstacles and solutions they used to overcome them. Of those surveyed, the overall rank of the effectiveness of their 5S system is a 3 on a scale of 1-5 (1=low, 5=high). This is a clear indication that there is much room for improvement. There are many suggestions and comments presented here to help coach and guide organizations as they improve their 5S systems. The level of cooperation for 5S initiatives is initially low but increases with time with the most resistance coming from the supervisor level. Contrary to this is that upper management is generally supportive of a 5S system, but the top reasons for obstacles for implementation are “lack of management support” and “not enough time.” Another finding is that the amount of training spent on 5S training is relatively low (typically two hours or less). It seems that organizations have a hard time quantifying benefits from 5S (other than 5S Audits). Companies that did calculate the financial benefits proved that the return on investment far exceeds the cost of training, supplies and manpower. The lack of reward & recognition and the ability to engrain 5S into the organization’s culture is another impediment that must be overcome. Over 50 “best practices” are shared and many suggestions on how to properly create a 5S system or improve your current one are included.

So check out the report, share it with your colleagues and friends, have discussions and give us feedback on what you see. – Tony

Here’s a quick round-up of the most popular posts for 2011 from our blog at 5S Supply:

#5. How to Train Lean Champions to Run Kaizen Events – Part 2

#4. 5S for the Office – Examples

#3. 5S for the Office – Examples II

#2. Finally! A Tool Shadow Board That Works

#1. All about Andon Lights and Andon Signals

Five Predictions for Lean in 2012

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” – Yogi Berra

  1. More culture, less tools – organizations will continue to look beyond the lean tools to building a lean culture.
  2. Healthcare still doesn’t “get it” – lean in healthcare will continue to lag other segments (see #3)
  3. Is Lean Government possible? – government agencies will continue to see the benefits of applying lean principles and adopt it at a quicker pace
  4. What’s next? – companies will try to look beyond lean to see “what’s next” even though they haven’t realized the potential of lean
  5. Getting Back to Basics – mastery and true understanding of the basic tools of lean like Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA), 5 Whys, 5S, etc.

We can check back in a year and see how I did.

Cheers to a great 2012! – Tony