In the post on 5S erosion, I posed a couple of questions.
What, exactly, is the function of a 5S audit?
What, exactly, is the problem [the audit is supposed to solve]?
How do you know [that is the problem]? What have you observed?
The responses have been interesting, wide ranging, but so far have not directly addressed the questions.
If you were preparing a simple A3, “auditing” would be one of the checks or countermeasures.
But what problem would you be addressing?
What have you observed that indicates there is a problem?
Note that I am not questioning the value of having a standard for workplace organization.
I am not even directly challenging audits, measurements, etc. However these things must have a clear purpose, or we are just blindly implementing tools and repeating mantras. And if we cannot articulate the core purpose of these things to each other, how can we ever ask others to do these things with any more authority than “because I said so” or “because it is in this book?”