If you’ll recall, 5S is a workspace organizational tool that maintains a standard level of cleanliness, material availability, and consistency between workspace users. The 5S tools are:
– Sort: Keeping just what is needed in the workspace and removing what is not needed
– Set-In-Order: “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” Everything kept in the workspace has a designated location for storage while also keeping it within easy access of the work being done
– Shine: Maintaining a standard level of clean that maximizes functionality and usefulness of the space
– Standardize: Everyone following the first three phases the same way every time
– Sustain: Following the standardized method of using the first three phases long enough that using 5S overall is engrained in the culture
Did you know basketball is a big game of competitive 5S? Here’s how!
– There are only ten people allowed on the court during play at any time, five players from each team. If teams use referees, then they’re allowed as long as they are out of the way and not interfering with progress of play.
– You’re only using one basketball during play. More than one, and chaos ensues.
– Coaches aren’t really allowed to step on the court during play. If they do, they might receive a technical foul.
– The objective of the game is to put the basketball into the cylinder over and over, a cylinder that is very small relative to the size of the court. The more a team puts the ball where it belongs, the better their chances of winning the game.
– If a player with the ball steps outside the boundary lines, it’s a turnover. If a player loses the ball outside the boundary lines, it’s also a turnover.
– During free throws, there are designated locations outside the free throw lane for players to stand.
– If the court or hoops/backboards ever become messy and unusable, measures are taken to rectify the issue so that standard playing conditions are maintained.
– The basketball court the Utah Jazz use has the exact same dimensions as the court the Chicago Bulls use – free throw lane, three-point lines, boundary lines are all the same.
– The objective of each player and each team is the same for every play and every game – put the ball in the cylinder as often as possible and try to keep the opponent from doing so themselves.
– Teams that more consistently put the ball in the cylinder than their opponents will win more games, and the more games a team wins the greater the chances they’ll win their league title and championship.