Last week we came across a radio segment that outlined an interesting problem that Chicago-based Vienna Beef had with hot dog production. When the company made the transition to a new production facility, their staple product changed — and nobody knew why.
Without Standard Work, documented processes are often not used, or so out of date, that following them could become problematic. Standard Work is the foundation for any continuous improvement or Lean program, and time observations are the starting point. They are the foundation for which improvements are based on.
When you regard continuous improvement as a mindset, rather than just a procedural practice, you realize it has a much wider set of applications.
For most of us, it’s clear that improvements to standard operating procedures (SOPs) directly improve efficiency. However, all too often we focus on what’s being said and not how we’re saying it. But there’s no reason that you shouldn’t eliminate written waste and become lean with your instructions as well.