As a concept, Standard Work seems rather simple. Create a standardized sequence of operations, balance them to a takt time, designate the standard work-in-process, and become a world class organization, right? Too bad it is not that simple.
As you mature as a Lean organization, you will identify countless barriers that can keep you from becoming a top flight manufacturer. Fortunately, there is an inexpensive, value-packed tool you can use to quickly overcome those barriers, and speed up along the path to mastery of Standard Work.
Structuring Standard Work: A Leader's Guide to Developing Standard Work That Works combines the practical knowledge gathered from countless kaizen events, with the information gained from endless nights of research on Lean subjects, and turns it into an essential manual for anyone leading a manufacturing team in a Lean organization.
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Standard work is a lot like sports. Gaining a rudimentary understanding of them is easy. Getting really good at them is a whole different story.
Our Lean tutorial, Structuring Standard Work, helps you elevate your Standard Work to the next level, getting far more out of it.
Packed inside its 96 pages are lessons learned from countless hours improving processes on the shop floor. For the price of a few cups of coffee, all this information can be yours.
This tutorial shows you how to:
- Get your team more engaged in Standard Work, speeding up improvements with less effort.
- Structure your Standard Work to make it more flexible, lowering the cost of making improvements and adjusting to changing demand.
- Improve your team’s morale by making it easier to get help in dealing with problems.
- Sustain your Standard Work so you don’t waste your valuable improvement resources.
- Organize your work to not only make it more productive, but make it easier to manage problems.
- Handle special situations on your production line.
- And much, much more…
So take a look at the contents below, or click on the thumbnail of the page to view an excerpt.
Table of Contents
This Report Is For... 3
Section 1. Introduction 7
Why Standard Work? 7
Why Standard Work Doesn’t Work 9
What You Should Know Before Reading This Report 14
A Refresher 14
Breaking Down Standard Work 18
Section 2. People 21
Human Nature 21
Managing Change 23
The Change Model 24
Section 3. Standard Work Infrastructure 27
How We Think About Work 27
Identifying Problems 29
Getting Help 30
Standard Work Philosophy 31
Setting the Stage 36
Section 4. Structuring Standard Work 37
Establishing a Standard 37
Layout of Work Area 47
Work Organization 54
Support Teams 55
Standard Work-in-Process 63
Adjusting to Changing Demand 68
Options and Mixed-Model Lines 73
Dealing with Recurring Problems 78
Section 5. Sustaining Standard Work 81
Make People Want It 81
Rewards and Enforcement 84
Make Standard Work Flexible 87
Sharing Information 88
Equipment Maintenance 90
Make Workspaces Visual 91
Poka Yoke the Processes 91
Monitor and Audit 92
Keep Getting Better 93
Section 6. Conclusion 95