Standard Work Making the “new way” become the standard way Prepared by: Raution Jaiswal & Michael Anderson A simple written description of the safest, highest quality, and most efficient way known to perform a particular process or task The only acceptable way to do the process it describes
Making the “new way” become the standard way
Prepared by: Raution Jaiswal & Michael Anderson
The only acceptable way to do the process it describes
Expected to be continually improved
Includes the amount of time needed for each task
Reduces variation, increases consistency
Needed in all work areasWhat is Standard Work?
When correctly applied, standard work will not only sustain kaizen improvements, but also expose and eliminate previously unseen waste.
Standard work supports the lean system of continuously improving capacities and efficiencies by defining 5 critical elements for every person doing the work.
Whenever information is collected for standard work, it is important to search for best practices. Observing multiple people doing the same work is a good way to let everyone see how much variation there is from unit to unit and from person to person.
Now that you have gathered the required information, you are ready to create the standard work document (s).
This is an essential step. The supervisor is the owner of the standard work and must understand it perfectly and train others to do it perfectly.
Once standard work has been created and everyone is trained, it is time to start the process and make observations. This is the time to look for improvements.
Standard work should be a document subject to change; however, a process should be implemented for making changes to the standard work. Revision levels should be recorded each time standard work is changed and old standard work should be filed for future reference.
The supervisor must ask the following 4 questions for every person
who will perform standard work:
The supervisor must approve all changes to the standard work and ensure that all employees are fully trained at the time the new standard work implemented.