Using PDCA Complete
for Your
5S Project

Implementing a 5S project is a commonly used improvement method. However, its effectiveness in many businesses leaves much to be desired. To fix these issues, PDCA Complete lets you implement 5S best practices. To help you, you can download a 5S template at the bottom of this article.

I personally like 5S principles very much. It is simple, it is quick to get started with and (most importantly to me) it helps to get the improvement conversation with your team initiated.

5S Project

If you haven't come across a 5S project before let me quickly explain what it is. 5S is a five step approach to improving the organization, effectiveness and efficiency of the workplace. It is not just about tidying up your place of work! The five steps (summarized) are:

1.     Sort - declutter the working area (physical or electronic).

2.     Set in order - re-organize the contents of your working area for safety and efficiency.

3.     Shine - put some pride back into the workplace and give it a clean.

4.     Standards - agree and describe how to leave the area when completing the work, and any routine actions that need to take place (in particular maintenance and filing type actions).

5.     Sustain - decide on how you want to periodically check on the working area so that you maintain the standards.

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Most businesses are pretty good at following the first two or three steps of the 5S principles for a 5S project. Many fail to decide on the standards and most fail to sustain the whole approach.

PDCA Complete and 5S Best Practices

PDCA Complete allows you to quickly evaluate your business from a 5S perspective. We've included a scoring system into the software so that you can review an area of your business based on the 5S items most businesses consider 'good' to be. The software even allows you to change the scoring system, should you have some previous experience of 5S project and already have defined views of the 5S best practices for your business.

Conducting the evaluation is easy; take your tablet or laptop with you to the area under review. For each of the 5S types, select a finding and enter it into PDCA Complete in real time.

Built into all of the main tools in PDCA Complete is the ability to generate improvement actions directly from any of the observations you make during your 5S project or any of the other tools present in PDCA Complete (including waste walking, auditing, process, meetings and more). By taking just a few minutes of your precious time to capture the findings from your 5S review you can use the software with your team to generate improvement actions. And this is where the fun really starts!

PDCA Complete is an organizational task management system with built-in continuous improvement tools. Includes projects, meetings, audits and more.

Built by Quality Assurance Solutions.

PDCA Complete

PDCA Complete pivots around a really simple, yet powerful, actions management tool. Every action you create within the software can be quickly evaluated (so that you can prioritize actions based on the biggest return on your efforts) and then managed centrally. This means that you can manage the improvement projects in your business in one place and not need to have multiple improvement plans dotted around your office or business, confusing you and sucking your time away from actually executing the plans.

The actions that your created during your 5S review can become just one part of an overall improvement plan and you can use our pre-loaded template to help you identify what you need to do to make 5S effective within your business.

Try out PDCA Complete today and see just how easy it is to get your 5S project back on track and use it to also manage your wider business process improvement projects.

Download a 5S template for 5S audits.

Article written by Giles Johnston of Smartspeed Consulting Limited for Quality Assurance Solutions. Article edited and posted by Quality Assurance Solutions

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