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Try using the 5S Assessment Template for Manufacturing to get a baseline and uncover the areas that need attention. Once you’ve determined where the process is lacking in any particular area of 5S, then you can focus on the weaknesses first. The Assessment can be used as a follow-up once an initial 5S is conducted, and then as an ongoing audit tool.

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.