Standard Work & Daily Management
“If you think of standardization as the best you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow – you get somewhere.” (Henry Ford)
Standardized work is one of the most powerful but least used lean tools. By documenting the current best practice, standardized work forms the baseline for kaizen or continuous improvement. As the standard is improved, the new standard becomes the baseline for further improvements, and so on. Improving standardized work is a never-ending process.
Daily Management (SQCDP) is an enabler for Standard Work to flourish. With a solid daily meeting structure, driven by performance indicators and problem solving it leads to better collaboration and provides a common understanding of daily business. It also gives clears problem escalation routes and can lead to faster response times for improved performance.