Toyota shares their years of experience and learning. There are full documentaries, millions of articles, and seminar after seminar surrounding the TPS. Yet, I have heard of, read about and witnessed less than TPS quality results from adaptation of the system. Toyota shares the solutions to a problem they were experiencing. Using problem solving tactics – they had a current situation, and a desired condition but needed to close the gap. Each tool was a creation to close the gap; the solution to their problem.
I say this so that you are aware. I am not saying that using 5S is a bad idea. In general, you will most likely find that the solutions will have some use in your organization. However, buying a book and starting to roll out each of the ideas as if it were a checklist for success is not a good idea. Learn from the material and shift your paradigm at your solution phase. Their success does not make your success. Yet, if you start to understand the culture – the need – the thought process to creating a solution – the adaption of relentless waste removal while tailoring specifically to your need – then you may have a viable option. The lesson is the key, that is, their process creation should give you hope that your solution may not be in a book but a best practice (for you).