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5s: Shine, Set, Sort, Standardize, Sustain

3s: Sweep, Sort, Standardize

Mottainai: Japanese for “what a waste!”


Genba: Japanese for “actual place” where the work happens, the job site

Kata: Japanese for “practiced form” or mastered routine

Kaizen: Japanese for “continuous improvement”

Poke yoke: Mistake proofing

Kanban: Japanese for billboard, an ID card system that directs employees to an action.

Crumb trail: a label system to direct employees to back stock of materials.