“WITH” — Why is this here?

I don't have the name of the originator of this acronym. Why Is This Here? – “WITH”

As we continue the 5s + 1 journey, we find that it is not as easy as it sounds. Touring the manufacturing facility we continuously see items not in place, and in many cases not in place where they should be.

To get a feel for the process, start with your current area and surroundings. In my home office I notice piles of “Gonna-Do” projects forming. Seems like they start and stall. Look at the papers, folders, files, boxes or whatever and say: Why Is This Here? – “WITH”.

Look at just one item/project for a few minutes. Review what is in the pile, folder or box and throw away the truly non-essential items. Decide if it is really a goal contributing project, a nice to have project, or maybe a wishful non-critical project.

You will be amazed just sitting at your own desk, home or office and look what is out and waiting, or not needed. I know this thinking is not for everyone, but you will find out of place clutter in the oddest areas.

Walking around with this attitude helps keep momentum going especially if you are trying to 5s + 1 a manufacturing facility.  Getting started, doing and sustaining the 5s + 1 attitude is a difficult process.

  1. Sort 2. Straighten 3. Sweep/Shine 4. Standardize 5. Sustain +1 – Safety.

Remember:  Why Is This Here? – “WITH”

Good Luck on your Lean Journey — Once started you will find applications at work and at home.

Make 2018 your best year yet!