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GA 298 | Defining Standardized Work with Mike Thelen

By Jessica Bush Updated on December 19th, 2019

This week’s guest is Mike Thelen. Ron and Mike explored all things standardized work, including the components, how often it should be improved, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • The quote that inspires Mike (1:53)
  • Mike’s background (3:32)
  • His thoughts on standardized work (7:16)
  • The definition of standardized work (10:35)
  • TWI vs. standardized work (11:33)
  • Misconceptions about takt time (15:52)
  • The components of standardized work (21:24)
  • How often we should improve standardized work (27:42)
  • The importance of remembering the foundation of lean (30:58)

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