Standardized Work & the Visual Workplace

Without Standards, there can be no Kaizen.

Standardized Work is one of the most powerful but least understood Lean tools. By developing and documenting the best practices to perform work, Standardized Work creates the foundation for training, Lean Daily Management, and continuous improvement.

Standardized Work consists of four essential elements: Work rate, work sequence, point of use design, and the relationship between worker, equipment, tools, and software. This course will teach students how to develop, document, implement, and sustain Standardized Work.

This session is an engaging workshop using teamwork, simulations, hands-on exercises, and case studies to learn how to implement the tools.

Course Topics

  • The Elements of Standardized Work: Interaction of Time, Space, Materials, Equipment, and People
  • The Worker as the Knowledge Expert
  • Purpose and Definition of Standardized Work
  • Determining TAKT Time and Cycle Time
  • Tools to Observe and Document the Current State
  • Observation Sheets, Standard Work Charts, Standard Work Combination Tables
  • Tools to Create and Document and Effective Standards
  • How to Create Worker Instruction Sheets
  • The Importance of People and Training
  • Adherence and Control Plans
  • The 5S System
  • Visual Controls and Displays
  • Self-Inspection and The Poka-Yoke System

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this one-day course, participants will have learned or reinforced the Lean concepts of the standardized work process.

What Career Paths Benefit the Most From Lean Standardized Work Workshop

Lean practitioners, improvement experts, supervisors, and front-line personnel will gain critical knowledge from this session.