How To Improve Standardised Work
Improve Standardised Work
Standardised Work provides a baseline to adhere to until a change for the better is incorporated. In the process, a new standard will emerge that has improved Safety, Quality, Delivery, or Cost. The process to improve standardised work is as follows:
Improvement Steps for Standardised Work
The improvement steps are followed by the team and team leader.
- Identify the waste and suggested improvement
- Quantify the impact of the idea
- Develop a plan of implementation
- Implement the Idea
- Confirm the idea is working and standardise
- Share the benefits
For a more detailed explanation of the six steps see CI Strips
Standardise the improvement – Once verified as successful the idea is then incorporated in the new standard that is then authorised.
Train the team in the change – The teams / shifts are then trained in the change for consistency.
Share the benefit – Where possible, the standardised work improvement should be shared across sister processes along with the standard.
- The ideas may accrue over a certain period (weeks) as the team and supervisor formulates the hypothesis. However, this should not be longer than 4 weeks.
- Ideas should not be left unevaluated for more than one week
- The check cycle for the effectiveness of the idea is at the discretion of the supervisor and superintendent with the support of A&I.
- The new standard must be operational from the moment of acceptance
- Training must be immediate with the change
- A version history of changes is kept in archive for traceability and learning
- Ability to revert to previous standard if required
- Shared JES are used where possible to minimise burden of work and generate a bank of best practice steps to be incorporated into the Standardised Work
- Graphics and photographs are incorporated wherever possible
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This page was written by Mark Radley in February 2018.
Due for review in 2019.