Perhaps the single most important lean principle —
because it avoids backsliding into old habits
Standard Work Templates
Standard Work Combination Sheet
6 tools in 1:
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To rearrange tasks to eliminate waste and balance work loads.
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Standard Work Chart
Draw spaghetti maps and layout diagrams with this easy-to-use Excel template
A3 Illustrator for Stick Figure Drawing
Easily illustrate PowerPoint, Word, and any other type of document
Cross Functional Flowchart
While the Standard Work Sheet is the right tool for highly repetitive processes,
(think sales order entry, engineering changes, and most Lean Administration processes)
The visual Work Instructions template is the right tool for training new-hires, temporaries, and cross-trained workers — by providing pictures of each step,
Job Breakdown Sheet
Instructor Notes used by a supervisor or trainer to prepare to effectively train a worker using the TWI Job Instructions training method.
Standard Operating Procedure
This simple Word template is popular for documenting office procedures
It comes with online help for how to insert screen shots and images, use numbered outlines, Link Icons, dynamic Table of Contents, and more features of Microsoft Word that your people probably would not use if they did not have this easy-to-use Word template with online training and videos.
Standard Work Audit
Just because you trained everyone, and got them to swear on their mother's grave
A management axiom is: "Expect people to do the right thing — and be prepared
To audit workplace cleanliness and organization.
The only way to solve problems is to reveal them.
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These are some of the many Excel templates for Standard Work
Also see the Leader Standard Work templates that come with the Kaizen bundle
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Standard Work Training
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Video: Time Observation for Process Time and Cycle Time
What is Standard Work?
Definition of Standard Work:
Detailed instructions for the best proven method to produce a product or service.
Work is broken down into clearly-defined sequential work elements.
Any variations from the currently-agreed-upon best practices will probably waste time or cause quality problems.
Standard work serves as the baseline upon which to improve. If someone comes up with a better way, then standard work should be revised so that everyone does it the new better way.
Standard Work must be one of the foundations of any Lean Six Sigma program.
It (alone) allows you to "ratchet" your hard-earned gains —
"There is no improvement without standard work."
~ Taiichi Ohno - Toyota
The Three Basic Elements of Standard Work
Standard Work Procedures
The Standard Work form is 6 tools in 1
- Layout Diagram spaghetti map
- Value Add Analysis (auto-calculates pie chart)
- Work Balancing (auto-draws work load balancing bar chart in relation to Takt Time)
- Standard Work Instructions & Analysis
- Quick Changeover tool for setup reduction
- Standard Work Combination Sheet visual time chart
Standard Work examples - download free trial
This is the ideal tool to analyze a process to identify and eliminate waste.
Easily add pictures in the 'Pictures and Charts' white space to the right of the instructions.
Because you can't skip rows for instructions (no blank rows)... the pictures won't always line up with the instructions,
so group a picture with a small text box containing the Step number.
For additional details for any work element, you can drill down to a related document — such as a training video, PowerPoint, Work Instructions, Job Breakdown, Standard Operating Procedure, flowchart, value stream map, or another Standard Work Sheet.
Any or all of these related documents can then be taped to the wall near each work station — to provide visual standard work instructions to remind workers not to cut corners or invent renegade ways of doing things that might reduce productivity or cause quality problems.
Standard Work Combination Sheet
Simply click a button to auto-draw the standard work table
for either all operators — or for selected operators.
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that also comes with the Lean Tools bundle
Standard Work Template
|Features & Benefits|
|Auto-draw a Standard Work Combination Sheet |
with a single click of a button - for all or selected operators
|Easily add hyperlinks|
to related documents and videos
|Fully customizable header fields |
to capture the data that is most important to YOUR processes
|Value Add Pie Chart|
easily personalized to analyze your own user-defined types of waste
|Auto-draws bar chart for Work, Walk, Wait, and Machine Time |
saving you from the chore of erasing and re-drawing every time anything changes
|Free online Lean Dictionary, online training, and videos|
to teach your people what they need to know to use their powerful new Excel templates
|A single chart can have anywhere from 2 to 200 lines of work elements |
scaling to display the exact number of rows you need - without annoying blank rows
|Gracefully handles large processes with more than 200 rows|
by drilling down to greater levels of detail
|Dropdown lists |
to populate fields more easily and without typos
|Table of standard work times |
easily personalized for your industry
|Visual icon images |
for personal protection equipment, hazardous materials, or any other purpose unique to your industry
|Easily draw your Spaghetti Diagram|
in either of two optional ways
|Use this as a Quick Changeover tool for lean SMED setup reduction |
to include or exclude external set-up time
|Entire suite of lean tools for process improvement
standard work, layouts, flow charts, work instructions, standard operating procedures...
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Illustrate with pictures
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What is ISO 9000?
ISO 9000 is a set of international standards for quality.
Organizations are certified and audited
Any of the types of Standard Work templates (at the top of this page)
“Time waste differs from material waste in that there can be no salvage. The easiest of all wastes and the hardest to correct is the waste of time, because wasted time does not litter the floor like wasted material.”
~ Henry Ford
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Suggested Reading and Resources
This Standard Work template comes bundled with an
entire suite of Lean tools