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High Time for a 5S Rhyme

The manager was full of angst and dismay, As customers whined and complained all day. He told his staff to work harder and smarter, But that turned out to be a non-starter.

5S rhyme

He created and dictated changes anew, But customer complaints just grew and grew. He turned to Dilbert for a brand new scheme And the Pointy Haired boss said “fire the team.”

So he sacked the staff with the most boo boos, Only to find more gripes in the queue. The unit was now in total distress And his new boss came round to assess the mess.

The manager only returned a blank stare. “You mean that Lean stuff?” he said aghast. “Yes, I do and make it fast. Fix the process to end this stress. “Show me the process,” she did declare. I suggest you start by reviewing 5S.”

The manager searched through his desk debri And found notes taken from a class in oh three. As the training required, he gathered the team, And teaching 5S was the biggest theme.

As the session ended he asked for their take. “Common sense, they said. “Why did we wait?” The unneeded was sorted and laid to waste And the rest set in order with incredible haste.

They cleaned and swept to put on a shine, Then started an effort to standardize. The process steps were placed in a map And filed where access was simply a snap.

Last, they had to sustain this new tack, So they set up methods to prevent sliding back. Customer complaints have declined a great deal And employees work with much more zeal.

The manager finally announced it was time For all involved to stop talking in rhyme. The moral here is really quite clear Fix the process to hear customers cheer.

Samantha Kerrigan
Samantha Kerrigan
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