By Jon Miller | Post Date: April 29, 2009 1:54 PM | Comments: 1
My first move as the manager of the machine shop was to introduce standardized work.
How many people can say that the first thing they did when taking on a management position was to introduce standardized work? I certainly can't. Many people think of standardized work as an advanced application of lean principles, only attainable after establishing a stable process, work balanced to takt time, a semblance of one piece flow, and the removal of various barriers. In some ways it is true that a process with uncontrolled variation cannot be easily standardized. On the other hand Taiichi Ohno would say:
Standardized work at Toyota is a framework for kaizen improvements. We start by adopting some kind - any kind - of work standards for a job.Then we tackle one improvement after another, trial and error.
These quotes and many other gems can be found in The Birth of Lean by Koichi Shimokawa and Takahiro Fujimoto, published by Lean Enterprise Institute. I am only halfway though it, but I recommend you pick up a copy.Comments are moderated to filter spam and inappropriate content. There may be a delay before your comment is published.