Today I am talking about the concept of lean standard work and why it is crucial to your success with lean. I’m actually especially excited to talk to you about standard work because it is a very very undervalued lean tool. Most people don’t care much about it. They would rather be learning how to do kaizen, or value stream mapping, or 5S, or some other lean thing. I do keyword research of course at Lean Smarts, and I’ve noticed that there are 75 times more google searches a month for the word “kaizen” than for the word “standard work.” I find that very interesting, and also disappointing, as I will go on to explain in this episode.
So what I’m going to do is focus on three things for today:
- What is Standard Work
- Different Types of Standard Work
- Four Reasons why Standard Work Matters