Lean Post: Standardization is a Countermeasure, Not a Goal
Today's post is being hosted by the Lean Enterprise Institute and their “Lean Post” blog… click on the headline below or the image to read:
It's a post that encourages people to “ask why” when thinking about standardized work, 5S, and other Lean practices.
Instead of thinking “what tool should we implement?” the question should be “what problem are we trying to solve?”
The same tool or tactic (putting tape around a stapler) might be really helpful in one environment because it prevents a problem (such as at a nurse's station) and it might be silly and antagonizing in another situation (an individual officesome worker's desk).
Some other recent Lean Post articles that I particularly liked include:
- Doing Lean Versus Becoming Lean (Jim Luckman)
- Are We “Doing Lean” All Wrong? (Brent Wahba)
- Problem Solving Fast and Slow (Ben Root)
- Test Your PDCA Thinking By Reading Your A3 Backwards (Tracey Richardson)
- Put Your Strategy on a Diet (Pascal Dennis)