This is where you will find more detail on various terms used in throughout the blog posts including more description of the categories used to organize topics. This page will constantly be evolving as new posts are added. Feel free to comment on the definitions provided and provide alternate resources should you feel they will better clarify a term for everyone’s benefit.


5S is the name of a workplace organization method that uses a list of five Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and shitsuke (Sorting, Set, Sweep or Shine, Standardize, and Sustain).  The list describes how to organize a work space for efficiency and effectiveness by identifying and storing the items used, maintaining the area and items, and sustaining the new order.

AutoCAD: (Category)
AutoCAD is a CAD software application for 2D and 3D design and drafting. It is developed and sold by Autodesk, Inc. First released in December 1982, AutoCAD was one of the first CAD programs to run on personal computers, notably the IBM PC.

Building Information Modeling – Autodesk defines BIM is an intelligent model-based process that helps owners and service providers achieve business results by enabling more accurate, accessible, and actionable insight throughout project execution and lifecycle.

Basically BIM is a process by which an electronic model is created that stores, references and uses real world data in a database about the various components and systems of a building.

Best Practices:
The best known method, technique or proven processes used to achieve an end goal.

Efficiency: (Category)
The ability to accomplish a job with a minimum expenditure of time, effort and resources.

Individual Efficiency:
Having and using requisite knowledge, skill, and industry experience to competently perform or function in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort.

Action or activity of a person, thing, or institution; the purpose for which something is designed or exists – a role.  A factor related to or dependent upon other factors.


A Japanese term meaning: “change for the better” or “to become good through change”. The concept of kaizen is one of restructuring and organizing every aspect of a system to ensure it remains at peak efficiency.

Leadership: (Category)

A process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to accomplish an objective and/or achieve a common goal.

Management: (Category)
A process that includes planning, setting objectives, managing resources, and deploying the human and financial assets needed to achieve the objectives while tracking the results. Management functions are not limited to managers and supervisors. Every member of an organization has some management and reporting functions even if it just managing their own tasks and time.

SMART Goals:
SMART is an acronym used to define how to set up goals in order to give you a better chance of following through. When setting goals, there are some basic principles that should be used, these principles are referred to by the SMART acronym which means that your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.  (Download Worksheets)

Standards: (Category)
Usually established by an authority (a rule or principle) or by general consent (defacto standards) as a basis of comparison. Typically used to achieve a specific look, quality, quantity, level, grade, etc. or obtain specific results or create a safer environment.