Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Kaizen 5S and Software Engineering

So today our quality manager, Juliette , talked to us about 5S: one of the chief constituents of the Toyota "Gemba Kaizen" mantra. This was an eye opener: not a road to Damascus moment, but a little light went on for me. Not only did I start thinking, "yes, we really could benifit from a physical tidy up in dev", but I started thinking about the higher meaning of the 5 components of 5S in relation to engineering practices in general and therefore what (if anything) they might mean for a development activity.

You'd think that this would have been discussed at great length, but - maybe it's poor search technique on my part - there doesn't seem to be much out there at all on this subject.

More to follow on this as I organise my thoughts and note them down...

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