MRC - Manufacturers Resource Center


Standard Work


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Standard work is the centerpiece of a Lean Enterprise as it creates process requirements and its expectations for those processes.   Standard work establishes a single method to use enterprise processes and minimizes process variation caused by people, machines, materials, and the environment, enabling predictable results.

Standard Work includes four key activities:

  • Defining Standards
  • Creating Job Instructions
  • Training Job Instructions
  • Observing Work


MRC’s instructors will help manufacturers to:

  • Analyze sources of variation that exist within the current state to understand the impact on processes
  • Identify the standards that stabilize safety, quality, delivery and cost
  • Write detailed job instructions that ensure standards are achieved
  • Develop a plan to observe the work being performed