There’s an interesting “S” popping-up in 5S, as noted in this article “How to Avoid Common 5S Mistakes” by Steve Lage with PDG Consultants. It seems the second “5S” (Sweep or Shine) is getting replaced with a new term, “Showcase.”
The standard terms “sweep” or “shine” often seem rather limited in their imagination, especially for home building. Yes, we should sweep-out the home under construction at the end of every day. Every model home should shine. But there’s a much deeper meaning that we’re missing. That jobsite, model home, sales office, and vacant lot are your store fronts. They should be as enticing to your customers as any store front in the local shopping mall. So we want to do more than just “sweep” or “shine;” we want to “SHOWCASE.” Think about it.
SHOWCASE: to exhibit or display; an ideal representation of something
So, if going forward, 5S becomes 1) Sort, 2) SHOWCASE, 3) Set in Order, 4) Standardize, and 5) Sustain, how does that change your perspective?