What is 5S?

by Sabee Chai Sek Shiang

The 5S’s is always simple yet very essential for successful companies today to drive to the way for high quality, improving productivity and and increasing efficiency.  It is the most basic foundamental for everyone to work in a comfortable, healthy and productive life.  It is also a set of techniques providing a structured approach to adopt housekeeping within Lean.The elements of 5S are the acronym of 5 Japanese words that are Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu and Shitsuke.

  • Seiri is the identification of the Sort, Systematization or Simplify.
  • Seiton is the orderliness and a series of steps by which the optimum organization identified in the first pillar are put into place.
  • Seiso is the cleanliness.
  • Seiketsu is the standardization of cleanup.
  • Shitsuke is the last: Sustain or Self-discipline.
Six Sigma in Project Management

by Dr. Satnam Singh

Competition is increasing rapidly and it is not good enough to complete the projects within time and budget, but the aim is to understand the Voice of Customers (VOC). In the last few decades, the project management concept and its techniques have established proven practices and demonstrated their worth within several organisations. But the continuing dramatic failures in projects have highlighted the disadvantages in traditional methods of project management and in particular, the ways in which projects are formulated and executed through them, leaves many opportunities for further development in the project management process.

The Minute Employee

by T. Kananatu

The word “minute” can be used in two different ways. In the context of time, a minute is 60 seconds or the time it takes to read this posting. In the context of size, minute is something that is very small, which can also be (mis)conceived as something that is insignificant.

An employee of any business organization is the cell of the structure that makes up the company. Each cell must work well for the whole to operate. If one cell is defective or degenerating, most employers would replace the cell rather than “cure” it or put it right. In due course, changing cells becomes a practice. When turnover rates are high, this often means that the organization has failed to realize that there is something much more sinister than failing cells. They fail to see the real problem which is, pardon my expression, more than skin deep.

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Facilitating Change in a Challenging Economic Climate

by Dr. A. Aruleswaran

2009 began with a global challenge. This is a result of the collapse of the financial systems in North America and Europe. What we had observed from the financial systems had a direct impact to various industries, in particular, the manufacturing sector.

Today, a global automotive giant, General Motors, is in the process of filing for Chapter 11 status in the United States. This is an example of the failure in the financial system affecting an industry that employs thousands.Governments in North America and Europe have been working hard to introduce stimulus packages to curb this extent of financial impact.

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Beating Recession Wiith a Black Belt

by Dr. Satnam Singh

In the current economic downturn, many companies are looking for ways to cut operational costs in order to stay competitive. One of the methodologies available is Six Sigma and it can be applied in any organisation whether in a manufacturing or service industry.