10 Commitments: #9 – Lean and Clean


Commitment #9, a focus on keeping things straight…


  1. No ShortcutsWe will teach you the safe way, provide you safe equipment, fix it when it breaks. Do it right and safe.
  2. Safety FreezeWatch out for others, guide and teach “rookies,” hold others accountable for safe practices.
  3. On Time and Quick StartBe there, start timely.
  4. Work Smart – Technique and ConsistencyLearn the right techniques and work at a consistent pace.
  5. Work Hard – Strength and SpeedBuild endurance and push for faster production.
  6. TeamworkTeammates support, cooperate, encourage and motivate each others. Be a good team member.
  7. “Customer Quality”Know your customer and exceed their expectations.
  8. 100% UptimeLearn to understand your tools and machines. Maintain them. Report little things before they become big.
  9. Lean and CleanTo run lean, we must have good housekeeping. Keep your area clean.

    This is a simple truth.  The best plants have good housekeeping.It takes an “every person effort” to keep a plant orderly and clean.

    Here are some of the things that I see that happen in clean plants: 

    • Management has a plan specific to cleaning up and clear accountabilities are assigned.
    • Resources are available to ensure proper housekeeping.  Resources include adequate staff hired, adequate tools available and adequate time available.
    • A premium is placed on processing downfall timely.  Downfall is the biggest contributor to the junky appearance of a plant.
    • A premium is placed on the timely use of “cut stock.”  There are no piles of “leftover boards” from previous orders.  There is a plan to use them up.
    • Housekeeping is perceived as necessary to productive operation as compared to a cost of doing business.  Hidden costs exist in a poorly organized plant.  Housekeeping is a premium.


  10. Better or Worse? If you are not moving toward excellence, you are drifting toward mediocrity.