Standard Work

Standard Work

11 Benefits of Standard Work

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Taiichi Ohno, a founder of the Toyota Production System (TPS), had this to say about Standard Work, “without standards, there can be no Kaizen.” As the foundation for all...

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Inside the Mind of an ISO Auditor

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Getting inside the mind of an ISO 9001 auditor is crucial to a successful ISO audit. Think of it like a gift — even the best of presents can be unappealing when wrapped in...

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Continuous Improvement

Embracing Waste in a Lean Culture

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These days, waste gets a bad rap. ‘Eliminating waste’ is such a common phrase among lean and six sigma practitioners, the two words are practically inseparable. The problem...

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In Conversation with John Allwood

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Vienna Sausage: A Story of Standards and Tribal Knowledge

4 min read

Imagine that you lost the ability to make your key product. What if your core revenue driver was suddenly different... And you didn't know why. We recently came across a ...

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How to Perform a Time Observation

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Without Standard Work, documented processes are often not used, or so out of date, that following them could become problematic.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...

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Top 10 Shigeo Shingo Quotes on Lean Manufacturing

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Shigeo Singo: The Ambassador of Lean Shigeo Shingo was an industry leader of Lean manufacturing principles and philosophies. Originally brought on by Toyota to update their...

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Continuous Improvement

Navigating Processes: Standard Work vs. Work Instructions

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The manufacturing industry is a professional arena with an overwhelming variety of industry terms and acronyms. We’ve tried to make a list of the most common Lean terms...

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Continuous Improvement

Why Standard Work is a Contradiction

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We recently wrote a popular article about a major mistake at a nuclear waste facility. In short, we cited poor standard revision processes as the root cause of the mistake,...

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