Standard work is all of the steps needed for a person to complete one work cycle. Standard work is not restrictive, rather it is meant to be improved like all other types of work within a business. Each standard creates a new baseline for kaizen. Additionally, the standard work being performed should represent the most effective, efficient combination of manpower, materials and machines.
Standardized work is a crucial element of a lean strategy. Without standard work in place there is no accurate means of measuring improvements or monitoring gaps in performance. Standard work will help make your implementation a success.