Facilities’ Stores team putting Lean Six Sigma into practice

The second cohort of the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt training — an interactive two-day workshop designed for managers and team members who lead small projects — took place on Oct 1 & 4.

As many of us embark on our Lean Six Sigma journey, the Stores team from UBC Facilities has been actively putting their learnings to work in applying their learnings to their workspace.

Simple incremental changes that improve and organize your workspace make a huge impact and difference to those who work within it. The Stores team decided to 5S the front space of the Stores area.

What is 5S? Sort, Set, Shine, Standardize, Sustain

Sort: Eliminate whatever is not needed by separating needed tools, parts, and instructions from unneeded materials.

Set in order: Organize whatever remains by neatly arranging and identifying parts and tools for ease of use.

Shine: Clean the work area by conducting a cleanup campaign.

Standardize: Schedule regular cleaning and maintenance by conducting seiri, seiton, and seiso daily.

Sustain: Make 5S a way of life by forming the habit of always following the first four S’s.

Before & After

We look forward to seeing more team members incorporate Lean Six Sigma methodologies into their work. Thank you Stores team for sharing your progress!

The next cohort for Lean Six Sigma yellow belt training will take place on December 3 & 6, 2021. Learn more about the Lean Six Sigma training available at UBC.