When I first began learning about 5S nearly a decade ago we were so eager to begin. I was managing a warehouse at a well known medical device company at the time. Although the warehouse looked great and operated quite efficiently, we could see how 5S would bring it to an entirely new level of excellence. We got to work devloping new materials and process flows, setting everything in order and really cleaning up the place. When we were all done it looked incredible. So much so, that we had a celebration with balloons and goodies and invited the entire plant to see.

One problem.

Any idea what that may be?

It occured to me shortly after we were done that I forgot to take the before pictures! To say I was upset with myselft would be an understatement.


Lesson learned for sure. You only make that mistake once. On a good note, our clients have benefited from my mistake, as I always make sure to remind them to take their before pictures.


Let us know if you've ever made that mistake or any 5S mistakes for that matter where lessons were learned.




David Visco

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