It is that time of the year again. Reviewing budgets, strategies, etc. One thing that I am currently working on is updating my Leader Standard Work to align with our updated goals for 2023.
Leader Standard Work (LSW) is a tool that can be used to effectively manage production systems. It is a set of procedures and processes that outline the specific tasks and responsibilities of leaders and managers in a production environment. By following LSW, leaders and managers can ensure that their teams have the necessary information and resources to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently.
One of the key benefits of LSW is that it helps to standardize the way that work is done in a production environment. This can help to reduce variability and improve the overall quality of the products or services being produced. It also helps to ensure that all employees are working to the same standards, which can improve communication and collaboration among team members.
Another benefit of LSW is that it helps to ensure that leaders and managers are aware of any issues or problems that may arise in the production process. This can help them to quickly identify and address any problems, which can help to prevent delays and minimize the impact of any disruptions to the production process.
When implementing LSW in a production environment, it is important to involve all members of the production team in the process. This can help to ensure that everyone has a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities and that they are fully committed to the implementation of LSW. It is also important to provide training and resources to employees, to help them understand and effectively implement the new procedures and processes.
Here is the draft LSW that I am working with.
To effectively monitor and maintain LSW, management must establish visual management systems such as Andon, KPI boards and process mapping. These visual tools helps to track the performance of the processes, identify problems and quickly address them. The data from the visual management systems is used for continuous improvement and to make necessary adjustments to the LSW procedures.
Overall, LSW is a powerful tool for managing production systems and can help to improve the efficiency and quality of the production process. By standardizing the way that work is done, leaders and managers can ensure that their teams have the necessary information and resources to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. Additionally, LSW can be used to quickly identify and address any issues that may arise in the production process, helping to prevent delays and minimize the impact of disruptions.