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7 Wastes and Standardized Work

The seven wastes is one of the most important continuous improvement terms. Most of the lean tools, at their core, focus on reducing waste to improve flow. The seven wastes provide a systematic way to categorize problems and identify improvement priorities.
Standardized work is a work control system that is designed and improved by those doing the work. By following the principals of ―Standard Work‖ workers first determine: what is the best way to do a job, how long each part of a job takes, and then they constantly reconsider and test ideas to improve it. After they have done this they either write out or diagram the standard work instructions, or they work with engineers or managers who aid in writing them out. The purpose of this process is to enable new workers to achieve desired results quickly.

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