Standardized Work Instructions (SWI’s) are specific instructions that allow processes to be completed in a consistent, timely, and repeatable manner. By implementing SWI’s, employees will increase production, improve quality, and enjoy a safer, predictable working environment.
Implementation: SWI’s are best facilitated through minimal classroom training and maximized hands-on application of these proven techniques. Stopwatches are not required for a successful implementation, but employee/operator participation is critical.
Summary: Creating SWI’s is a critical part of improving processes and achieving Lean goals. This step should be taken early in any improvement effort, even if significant process changes follow.