Standardized Work Formats

I encounter a lot of people asking what format should their standardized work be in.  There seems to be a misconception that the work combination chart is the format for everything.  Which causes questions/concerns like, “How do I do a start-up procedure in this format?” or “I design products and putting a time down for each step is not feasible.”

Multiple formats for standardized work is fine to have.  But once you pick a format for a type of work then that format should be standardized throughout.  Through my work, here are the formats that I have found to work well with types of work:

  • Work Combination Charts – Manufacturing tasks such as assembly, changeovers and other repeated work (Example Work Combination Chart)
  • Checklists – Leader standard work, start-up and shutdown procedures, design work, or any other work where a step-by-step is needed to ensure nothing is missed.  Used a lot in the office environment (Example Checklist and Leader Standard Work)
  • Layouts Diagrams – Material handling or movement.  A spaghetti diagram with instructions works well.
  • Picture Diagrams – Assembly of complicated components.  A great example is LEGO instructions.

The format (digital or hardcopy) and size of the paper are up to the people doing the work.  Just be consistent once a decision is made.

Remember, it isn’t how the standardized work instruction looks.  It is about getting everyone to agree to execute something in a standardized way.  When this is done an issue can be spotted quickly when the standardized way isn’t followed allowing for an improvement opportunity.

Posted on November 18, 2011, in Standardized Work, Tools and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi Matt Wrye,

    Really nice blog. your post Standardized Work Formats « Beyond Lean is very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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