| Lean Six Sigma Deployment Memory Jogger, page 68
Standard work is just one step from a SYSTEM FOR IMPROVEMENT as presented in the "Cycle of Improvement" from the Lean Six Sigma Deployment Memory Jogger (page 68.)
In this cycle, problems are made visible thanks to standardized expectations and then kaizen (continuous improvement) can be done to meet these expectations. That is why we say "There is not kaizen without standard work"; but it is also true "there is not standard work without kaizen" as performance naturally decays. Standard work then is a result to a system for improvement.
Having standard work without the system for improvement is like having a fish without water. It is unsustainable.
Contrary to the common approach of standard work, learn from traditional Industrial Engineering programs, standard work should not be the objective by itself, it is the means to the end: a cycle of kaizen.
A system for improvement requires processes in which supervisors and team leaders know how to use the Standard work following the 4 steps of the cycle of improvement shown above.
We use Standard work to eliminate waste, but if we create Standard work without the system nor teaching how to use it, we have only created more waste.
Are you creating more waste?