5S & Kaizen

Introduction

5S is a method for organizing a workplace, especially a shared workplace (like a shop floor or an office space), and keeping it organized.

Kaizen is a Japanese philosophy that focuses on continuous improvement throughout all aspects of life. When applied to the workplace, Kaizen activities continually improve all functions of a business, from manufacturing to management and from the CEO to the assembly line workers.

The goal of this program is to familiarize students with 5S and Kaizen so that they are able to adapt them at their workplace.

The scope of 5S course is limited to the following:
•    Purpose and Benefits of 5S
•    Elements of 5S
•    Implementation of 5S

The scope of Kaizen course is limited to the following:
•    Introduction to Kaizen
•    The Kaizen Process “How to”

Task

At the end of the 5S course, students should be able to:
•    Define 5S.
•    Identify the benefits of 5S.
•    Define Sort of 5S.
•    Define Store of 5S.
•    Define Shine of 5S.
•    Define Standardize of 5S.
•    Define Sustain of 5S.
•    Define the process to apply 5S.
 
At the end of the Kaizen course, students should be able to:
•    Explain Kaizen.
•    Explain the process of applying Kaizen.
 

Process

Following is the process to be followed:

Step 1. Explore the following links:

https://www.5stoday.com/what-is-5s/

https://searcherp.techtarget.com/definition/kaizen-or-continuous-improvement

Step 2: Study the following from the links:

  • What is 5S?
  • What is Sort?
  • What is 5S Red Tag Area?
  • What is Store?
  • What is Shine?
  • What is Standardize?
  • What is Sustain?
  • What is Kaizen?
  • Explain the process of applying Kaizen.

Step 3: Explore some real life applications of 5S and Kaizen from the following links to identify how both can be implemented at workplace.

https://www.creativesafetysupply.com/content/education-research/5S/index.html

https://www.isixsigma.com/tools-templates/5s/practical-approach-successful-practice-5s/

https://www.wikihow.com/Practice-Kaizen

https://www.marketing91.com/implement-kaizen/

Step 4: Apply 5S and Kaizen at your workplace.

Step 5: List some benefits of 5S and Kaizen after implementation at workplace.

Evaluation

Level 1

Mid-module Knowledge Check questions will be used to check the students understanding of the content. Diagnostic feedback will be provided on answering a question. There will be no scores for this evaluation.

Level 2

At the end of the course, students will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Assessment
  • Application

Final Scores

The final scores will be decided based on the following:
 

AREA/SCORE 3 2 1 0
Understanding of the terms  Student gets 100% in the end of the course assessment.  Student gets between 90% to 70% in the end of the course assessment. Student gets below 70% and above 50% in the end of the course assessment. Student gets 50% and below in the end of the course assessment.
 
Application Student is able to apply 5S and Kaizen successfully at workplace. Student is able to apply either 5S or Kaizen successfully at workplace independently. Student is able to apply either 5S or Kaizen successfully at workplace with the support of the teacher. Student is unable to apply 5S or Kaizen at workplace even with support. 
Understanding of Benefits  Student gets 100% in the end of the course assessment.  Student gets 90% in the end of the course assessment.  Student gets below 90% and above 80% in the end of the course assessment.  Student gets below 80% in the end of the course assessment. 

 

Conclusion

At the end of the course, reflect on the following:

  • Sustain 5S through habit
  • Action plans are important to close gaps
  • Measure progress and plan for continuous improvement
  • Kaizen is the "better ever day" way of thinking
  • Discard old attitudes
  • Everything can be improved
  • Waste can be reduced
  • Correct problems immediately
  • Ideas from more people is better
  • There are no limits to improvement
     
Credits

This webquest has been created by Nilanjana Chakraborty. She is an Instructional Designer and has worked in different areas of learning.