Shitsuke is the Japanese word for “Sustain” which is the fifth step in the 5S method. The goal is to maintain the standards established in the previous 5S steps which generally involves audits of the work place.

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Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Instructor at University of California San Diego and teaches in San Diego State University’s Lean Enterprise Program. For almost 20 years, she has helped leading organizations like Washington State, Charles Schwab and GE build problem-solving muscles.