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A long term obsession with cleanliness and order is the reason why The Five S’s is my favourite improvement methodology. Seiri (organisation), Seiton (neatness), Seiso (cleaning), Seiketsu (standardisation) and Shitsuke (discipline) - I love it!

The Five S methodology is easy to understand and relatively straightforward to implement (it's GMP and commonsense). Five S can add remarkable value as a stand alone improvement technique and also establishes the essential prerequisites of working environment, practices and mind-set, which are the necessary foundations for supporting further improvement tools and techniques.

The Five S's Uncovered
David Straker provides the low-down on this mind numbingly simple yet incredibly powerful improvement methodology. This article originally appeared in Quality World, the magazine of the Institute of Quality Assurance...
David Straker Syque Ltd

TQM and Change Management via 5-S
It has been recognized by Japanese firms that 5-S is the first step towards TQM. Over the last century, the Japanese have formalised the technique and named it as 5-S Practice. The author has developed the world's first 5-S Audit Worksheet and used it for training in Malaysia under an Asian Development Bank Quality Expert assignment in 1993-94. In 1998-2000, a grant was given to the author to train 2,500 5-S Lead Auditors in Hong Kong, the first of its kind in the world. Through this experience, an intensive questionnaire survey has been conducted. The findings on the impact of 5-S on ISO 9000, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, TQM and Change Management are discussed in this article.
Sam Ho

5S Home Page
Tidy resource on 5S maintained by Dr. Chao-Hsien Chu at the School of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University. This site is fantastic you must take a look...

TOC for me
Problem solving using the 5 focusing steps of TOC (Theory of Constraints). Also, getting better organized and reducing waste using 5S (sort, set-in-order, shine, etc.). Don't miss the excellent 5'S examples...

Four "Must See" Presentations
Four superb Powerpoint™ Presentations on 5S, Lean / Kaizen, Mistake Proofing and Quick Changeover (SMED) provided by Learning & Productivity Pty Ltd who specialise in support resources for manufacturers in Australia and New Zealand...

Further reading

The 5S Pocket Guide

The 5S Pocket Guide
Ph.D. Jim Peterson and Roland Smith

This pocket guide provides a general overview of 5S principles, as well as the steps required for implementation, maintenance and improvement. A light introduction that is suitable both for management and shop floor and at just over £5/$5 it’s cheap enough to buy the whole team a copy.

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5S for Operators: 5 Pillars of the Visual WorkPlace
Hiroyuki Hirano

5S for Operators: 5 Pillars of the Visual WorkPlace

5S for Operators is a valuable learning tool for use with teams. The book is arranged into six chapters, an overview of the five pillars, followed by a separate chapter devoted to each one. Each chapter includes reflection questions to test knowledge and stimulate discussion.

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5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace : The Sourcebook for 5s Implementation
Hiroyuki Hirano

5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace : The Sourcebook for 5s Implementation

Hirano discusses the 5S methodology and how it can increase efficiency, maintenance, and provide continuous improvement in all areas of the company. The book includes case studies, graphic illustrations, and over forty 5S document templates and training materials.

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