The foundation for good processes is an organized workplace. In this video, Steven Brown teaches you the five S approach to make sure your projects get off to a good start every time.
- [Instructor] The foundation for good processes … is an organized workplace. … Lean helps you organize the workplace with a simple tool … commonly called the Five S's. … Although Lean applications depend on a remarkable … attention to detail, … you start with a pretty simple approach. … The Five S's specifically define a system for organizing … and standardizing the workplace, … and they come from Japanese terms that stand for, … Sort. … Ensure that each item in a workplace is in its proper place. … If the item is not needed, remove it. … Set in Order. … Arrange materials and tools so that they are easy … to find when needed. … Shine. … Keep the work area clean, … which is also important from a safety perspective. … Standardize. … Establish formal procedures to ensure all steps … are performed correctly and consistently. … Sustain. … Continue the standardized process through effective training … and communication practices. … So let's take a closer look at Standardize. … A big part of this principle applies to machines …
Steven outlines the process stages in Six Sigma (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control), along with the Lean toolkit: the 5s principles, kanban (scheduling), downtime, poka-yoke (error proofing), and kaizen (continuous improvement). He also explains how leadership works within Lean Six Sigma, the principles of project execution, and how Lean Six Sigma is applied to the service sector and supply chain management. Make sure to watch the "Next steps" video at the end of the course for further resources.
- List the three main focuses of Six Sigma.
- Explain why lean is an important element of the Six Sigma approach.
- Summarize why Control is the most important step in the Six Sigma process.
- Analyze variables to determine if they are a good performance measurement.
- Describe three typical methods of improving supply chain functions.
- Identify three things you will need in order to lead a Lean Six Sigma project effectively.