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Lean 5S Game

The Lean 5S game can be used as an icebreaker, and introduction to Lean or a way to bring your team back to the basics.

How to use the 5S Template

Step 1: Hide Frames

The first step is to hide a few frames prior to sharing the board. Hide Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and Round 4 frames.

Step 2: Share your board

The second step is to invite your team to your board.

Step 3: Lets have some fun!

Start by explaining What is 5S and cover the instructions.

Step 4: Round 1

  • Have a timer ready for 20 second shifts.

  • Unhide the Round 1 frame.

  • After the 20 second shift hide the Round 1 frame.

  • Have the team record how many #’s they found.

Step 5: Round 2

  • Get ready for Round 2, read instructions.

  • Have a timer ready for 20 second shifts.

  • Unhide the Round 2 frame.

  • After the 20 second shift hide the Round 2 frame.

  • Have the team record how many #’s they found.

Step 6: Round 3

  • Get ready for Round 3, read instructions.

  • Have a timer ready for 20 second shifts.

  • Unhide the Round 3 frame.

  • After the 20 second shift hide the Round 3 frame.

  • Have the team record how many #’s they found.

Step 7: Round 4

  • Get ready for Round 4, read instructions.

  • Have a timer ready for 20 second shifts.

  • Unhide the Round 4 frame.

  • After the 20 second shift hide the Round 4 frame.

  • Have the team record how many #’s they found.

Step 8: Sustainment

  • Review the sustainment frame. Lean is about small incremental changes, a design of experiments. Show the team where they started and where they ended up.

  • Congratulations on conducting your 1st Lean event or going back to the basics!

Have fun with the 5S game!

#Lean all day, every day!

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Thomas Lencki Jr.
USNH Enterprise Lean Team@University System of New Hampshire
Tom is a Lean Black Belt at the University System of New Hampshire where he co-instructs Lean at the Intro, Yellow, Green and Black Belt Levels. Tom also facilitates and is passionate about helping teams become more efficient, while looking at their work through a Lean lens.

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