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Standard Work in Process (Part 2)

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If you are unfamiliar with Standard Work, attempt to put it in place in your most consistent processes. Start out by documenting the issues that occur in the work area, and see if there are any that can be reduced prior to trying to standardize the whole process. It is something of a ‘chicken or the egg’ situation, in that putting standardization in place requires some consistency, but getting consistency demands standardization.

Often, when you catalog the problems, you’ll identify several that have fairly straightforward solutions or stopgaps that can add some stability. It will make implementing Standard Work much easier.

When you establish Standard Work, which includes designating SWIP, remove excessive flat surfaces from the work area. This will act as a barrier to overproduction.

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