The 6S Discipline

December 10, 2015

A few weeks ago, the company moved us to a new office. When we walked into our shiny, new cubicles we found a single sheet of paper laid out on top of our recently installed, empty desks describing something called "The 6S Discipline".

It was a concise list of 6 bullet points that summarized a process to keep our work stations clean and organized. I later found out that the 6S concept comes from the Lean Manufacturing philosophy, the principles of which can also be applied to an office setting.

Since I have always liked to keep my workplace neatly organized and keep around only the things I need at one particular moment, the 6S concept strongly resonated with me.

If you want to learn more about the 6S philosophy, you can read this comprehensive 6S overview I found searching online. On the other hand, if you just want to grasp the gist of it, here are the 6S principles in short form, just like in the page I found on my desk:

Sort

Set In Order

Shine

Standardize

Sustain

Safety First

In essence, 6S is about eliminating waste and maximizing value-adding activities, by creating and maintaining an organized, clean, safe and efficient work environment.


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