Volume 1 / Issue 11 / August 15, 2016
So where does workplace organization fit in?
Recognizing the function of Workplace Organization (alias 5S) and how it relates to lean thinking goes a long way to helping employees and staff understands just how important it is! Workplace Organization is the bedrock upon which so many critical lean steps are built.
Read carefully how the sequence of steps from Workplace Organization to Visual Management spells out the path to what some call High Velocity Manufacturing.
Workplace Organization (WO)
This is the foundation for lean. It teaches the discipline of order in the workplace, a place for everything and everything in its place. It teaches respect for people, for tools, for equipment and for processes. Acquisition of this discipline prepares us for Standardized Work whether you are a doctor in an operating room or a technician in manufacturing.
Standardized Work (SW)
Standardized Work captures routines and processes to allow us to repeat them without variation. Included in this discipline is the responsibility of constantly improving the process, capturing the new process and making it the new current standard until the next improvement arrives. The acquisition of this discipline prepares us for Continuous Improvement.
Continuous Improvement (CI)
Since 1983, CI has been proclaimed as the most formidable competitive weapon any organization can acquire. To acquire it you need: 1) A process (such as PDCA - Plan Do Check Act, or DMAIC – Define Measure Analyze Improve Control) 2) The knowledge and discipline to use it 3) The standards (from Standardized Work) against which to measure improvement accurately. Acquisition of this discipline prepares us for the era of the Visual Factory!
Visual Factory (VF)
Making things visual throughout your factory accelerates the identification and transmission of information needed to speed decision-making. This results in higher velocity manufacturing. It cuts ambiguity and waste. The Acquisition of this discipline prepares us for visual management.
Visual Management (VM)
Visual management dramatically increases the velocity of decision-making through accelerated knowledge acquisition and process execution. Why wouldn’t it? Human beings obtain 83% of what they know via their eyes and yet many still stand toe to toe and throw words at each other. A visual management discipline will enable us to speed the process of bringing people, processes and technology together into a true learning organization. This is what some call High Velocity Manufacturing.