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School of Lean

Standard Work

With­out stan­dards, there’s no way to know if your con­tin­u­ous improve­ment efforts move the nee­dle in the right direction.

Stan­dard Work is defined as the most effec­tive com­bi­na­tion of peo­ple, mate­ri­als, and equip­ment. An essen­tial build­ing block in the Lean man­age­ment sys­tem, Stan­dard Work serves as the basis for eval­u­a­tion and improvement.

The Stan­dard Work method­ol­o­gy defines and doc­u­ments best prac­tices that make it pos­si­ble to com­plete tasks the same way each time, elim­i­nat­ing the vari­ables that can lead to qual­i­ty issues and wast­ed time and resources.

Whether you’re strug­gling to get waste under con­trol, achieve oper­a­tional con­sis­ten­cy, or estab­lish a Lean cul­ture, our Stan­dard Work video train­ing series can help you build a foun­da­tion for sus­tain­able, long-term improve­ments in any work environment.

What You’ll Learn in this Standard Work Training Course

Stan­dard Work is essen­tial for main­tain­ing sta­bil­i­ty, solv­ing prob­lems, and mak­ing con­tin­u­ous improve­ments. Our Stan­dard Work train­ing series was designed to help learn­ers from all indus­tries apply this method­ol­o­gy with­in their own organizations. 

In this 15-mod­ule series, we will: 

  • Intro­duce the con­cept of Stan­dard Work, its ben­e­fits, and how it fits in with Lean.
  • Explain the key ingre­di­ents that make a good stan­dard” and how to cre­ate a recipe of your own.
  • Dis­cuss the four types of Stan­dard Work and share Stan­dard Work prac­tice exam­ples across dif­fer­ent work environments.
  • Intro­duce tools like the time obser­va­tion sheet, com­bi­na­tion sheets, and process capacity.
  • Walk you through the steps of bring­ing all Stan­dard Work tools together.
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