Lean manufacturing, Lean Enterprise, or lean production, often simply, "lean", is a production philosophy that considers the expenditure of resources in any aspect other than the direct creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination.

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How do you implement 5s when people don't know what lean is?

My colleagues don't know much about lean. How can I implement 5s?

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Don't let this get in your way. People can learn by doing.

Focus on the bigger concepts related to 5S. Get rid of the clutter, organize things, get the place clean and create clear visual standards to show people where things go and how systems work (signs, posters, labels, color codes, markings, shadow boards, etc.). Think about the Henry Ford model: CANDO. Clean up, Arrange, Neatness, Discipline, On-going improvement.

If you do this, I think you'll be off to the races!

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Your first step should be to educate your colleagues on the topic of lean. There are many great resources available, including Gemba Academy.

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Brian Sallee will be eternally grateful.