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Set in Order, also known as “Seiton,” is the second step in the 5S method. The goal is to make items easy to find in the areas they are needed to enable the flow of the process. For a better understanding of Set in Order and an overview of Lean Six Sigma, check out our Free Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training,

Seiton is the Japanese word for “Set In Order” which is the second step in the 5S method. The goal is to make items easy to find in the areas they are needed to enable the flow of the process. For a better understanding of Seiton and an overview of Lean Six Sigma, check out our Free Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Seiso is the Japanese word for “Shine” which is the third step in the 5S method. The goal is to sweep or clean the workplace and use cleaning as a form of inspection. This can refer to the shop floor or the office as well hard drives. For a better understanding of Seiso and an overview of Lean Six Sigma, check out

Sieri is Japanese word for “Sort” which is the first step in the 5S method. The goal is to remove unnecessary items from the workplace and keep only what’s needed in the appropriate quantities. For a better understanding of Seiri and an overview of Lean Six Sigma, check out our Free Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training, Green Belt Training or Lean

Seiketsu is the Japanese word for “Standardize” which is the fourth step in the 5S method. The goal is to establish standards for the first three steps in the 5S method such that all employees know how to maintain the workplace. For a better understanding of Seiketsu and an overview of Lean Six Sigma, check out our Free Lean Six Sigma Yellow

A Rapid Improvement Event is also known as a Kaizen Event. In practice a Rapid Improvement Event generally spans from 1 to 5 days and involves key process participants focusing on solving a narrowly scoped process improvement opportunity. The difference between Rapid Improvement Events and typical workshops is threefold: The planning for the event is extensive Leadership has given explicit approval

Process time is a measure of the time a product is actually being worked on in a machine or by an employee in a work area. For a better understanding of Process Time and an overview of Lean Six Sigma, check out our Free Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training, Green Belt Training or Lean Training.

Overproduction means producing something faster or in more abundance than needed. Overproduction is one of the 8 Wastes. To get foundational training on how to complete Lean Six Sigma projects using the 8 Wastes, check out our Yellow Belt Training & Certification!

Non-Utilized Talent refers to the concept that employees are not being utilized to their full capability or, conversely that they are engaged in tasks that would be more efficiently done by someone else. Non-Utilized Talent is one of the 8 Wastes which is also known as the waste of intellectual capital. To get foundational training on how to complete Lean

Muda is the Japanese term for “waste” which refers to anything in a process that does not add value from the customer’s perspective. The 8 Wastes are a comprehensive list of the most commonly found wastes in a process. For a better understanding of Muda and an overview of Lean Six Sigma, check out our Free Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

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