5S/6S Rapid Improvement Events

A 5S Rapid Improvement Event is an excellent way to improve workplace productivity and set the stage for further lean improvements. Our methodology incorporates a sixth S, Safety, into the process to make it even more valuable to your organization.

American Lean consultants will take your team through a four-day event targeting an area identified for improvement via value stream mapping or other means that will result in:

  • Reduced waste
  • More efficient and effective use of time and resources
  • Increased pride in the workplace
  • Improved safety
  • A foundation ready for additional improvement

The Six Steps of a 6S Rapid Improvement Event:


Sort – Use 6S tools to eliminate unnecessary items and materials from work areas and ensure needed items are present.


Shine – Clean the workplace and eliminate sources of contamination.


Straighten – Create a place for everything and put everything in its place.


Standardize – Develop customized procedures to maintain and monitor the first three S’s across the organization.


Sustain – Turn the newly established procedures into habits.


Safety – A cleaner, more organized workplace automatically lends itself to the sixth S, safety.

The four-day Rapid Improvement Event breaks down into these steps:

Want to learn more about how a 5S/6S Rapid Improvement Event can help transform your organization? Schedule a 30-minute consultation with Tom Reed.

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