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Sustainable 5S

How to Use the Lean Starting Tool to Improve Flow, Productivity and Employee Satisfaction

About the Book

Lean Transformations typically start with 5S, the workplace organisation tool with 5 stages that helps a team to reduce waste on the most basic level: the design of the workplace. Although the term 5S is widely used among companies, its full potential is often not understood. This leads to implementations in which 5S does not lead to the measurable results it is capable of bringing.

When you follow the tips described in this book, I promise you the following:

-       Your 5S implementation will improve productivity,

-       It will help improve the process flow of the entire process,

-       It will boost employee satisfaction,

-       It will be part of your culture and discussed and improved across teams every day,

and most importantly:

-       These successes will be sustained over time.

About the Author

Thijs Panneman
Thijs Panneman

Thijs Panneman is a lean enthusiast by day and loves running and reading in the evenings. In the past decade, he has influenced lean transformations in over twenty manufacturing sites on different continents, explaining the why what and how of lean tools, and used the knowledge of over a hundred management books, discussed on his blog (, to find the one tool to use in each situation to achieve results.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: 5S –The starting tool for every lean journey

1.1 What is 5S

1.2 Eliminating all 8 Wastes with 5S

1.3 Tools and methods to use in each of the 5S stages

Chapter 2:  Common Problems with 5S

2.1 5S is Not Sustainable

2.2 5S is Not Embedded in the Organisation

2.3 5S Does Not Improve Productivity

Chapter 3: Preventing these problems in your 5S implementation

3.1 How to pick a 5S pilot location

3.2 How to make sure your first 5S standards improve productivity

3.3 5S is a visual management tool which helps to prevent problems

Chapter 4: Surprise your workforce and your customers

4.1 Less stress and increased employee satisfaction with Proper 5S

4.2 Proper 5S = Less problems for managers to solve

4.3 Improved customer experience through the Proper Implementation of 5S Principles

Chapter 5. Conclusions


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