The Lean 5S Game (also known as The Lego 5S Simulation) is one of the top simulation games and brings your team together to learn by playing. It uses standard building blocks, which are sold separately, as the 5S Game blocks kit.
This simulation is supported by the 5S Presentation and the 5S audit spreadsheet. We strongly recommend that they are used together during the training session, because this way your team can experience the true power of what they’ve learned.
Briefly, 5S is a systematic, step-by-step process to produce a clean and well organized work area. 5S is more than just housekeeping; it is the beginning of waste reduction and builds on the foundation of discipline.
5S is based on the premise that a clean and well organized work place is more productive, less frustrating and safer for employees.
Just learning the concepts is not enough to feel a deep sense of understanding. By actively experimenting and applying what they’ve learned, in the safe environment of the classroom, yet being able to make mistakes and truly learn what works and what not, the team engages in a new way of Lean thinking that will be very beneficial at the moment when they will actually perform the workshop and put in practice, in the real workplace, what they’ve learned.
Company Name: Space Robotics Corp.
- Traditional manufacturing set-up
- Produces a high quality product
- Has large raw material and work in process inventories
- Cannot deliver on time
- Has negotiated a new contract and it must improve their throughput
How will they manage to change their way of thinking and improve their operational effectiveness?
There’s one way to discover this: Get in the 5S Game!
The Lean 5S Game is designed for groups of 6-8 people. If you have more players, just buy more Mega Bloks (micro blocks) or Lego pieces and use the same instructions. This 5S simulation can be seen as a competition between teams.
The purpose of the game is to prove the benefits of implementing 5S in your organization.
By playing several rounds (assembling robots from blocks, before and after implementing Sorting and then Straightening) we will demonstrate how we can increase the throughput while using the same number of people
- 5S Basics
- Introduction of the 5S game
- Play Round 1
- Apply the 1st 5S technique: Sorting
- Play Round 2
- Apply the 2nd 5S technique: Straightening
- Play Round 3
- Discussions based on Results
- 5S Game (slides)
- Trainer Manual (footnotes that explain each slide)
- Trainee Manual (presentation slides and space for notes)
- Cell layout
- Operator Work Instructions
- Printable data sheet
Please note: If you already have building blocks or intend to purchase the blocks yourself, please click here for a list of parts required.
The simulation game comes as a downloadable zip file, available upon payment. Includes uneditable PDF and PowerPoint (2007-10) versions of presentation and supporting PDF files.