Industry Forum

Standard Work for IATF 16949:2016

Course Overview

A major change in IATF 16949 is that it incorporates many best practices that were once customer specific requirements. The goal of integrating these requirements is to promote industry standardisation and streamline the number of customer-specific requirements. Standard Work is one of these newly added requirements. In section, it states that “The organisations shall ensure that standardised work documents are: –

a) Communicated to and understood by employees
b) Legible
c) Presented in the language of the personnel responsible to follow them
d) Accessible for use at the designated work area(s).

The term Standardisation is often misunderstood and therefore poorly implemented by many organisations.

Standardised work is often thought to be mainly a set of instructions for the operators. It evokes images of industrial engineers with stopwatches spying on the workforce by squeezing out of them every second of productivity.

However, one of the most powerful uses of standardised work is the identification and elimination of waste.

Until standards are defined in any operation, it is not possible to truly make improvements.

This workshop is designed for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of the concept of Standard Work. It specifically focuses on demystifying some of the tools traditionally used by academics and management consultants, by providing practical advice and guidance.

Middle, senior production managers, or Continuous Improvement managers, who wish to gain a deeper understanding of how to introduce, support, and implement standardisation

Delegates will receive a “Standard work for IATF16949 – Are you ready?” attendance certificate, underwritten by SMMT Industry Forum. There are no formal examinations.

This one day workshop adopts the “Learn through doing” approach. It provides the delegates with a deeper understanding of some of the key concepts of Standard Work For IATF16949, through instructions, discussions and small-group activities.

At the conclusion of this workshop, you will be able to:-

  • Correctly select the appropriate standardisation techniques suitable for your environment, to enable to effectively ensure that your process is consistent and your results are predictable.
  • Understand the fundamentals of standardisation and its importance in the foundation of any Continuous Improvement program
  • Prepare standardised work forms.
  • Introduce standardisation techniques to improve: –
    • Training
    • Waste elimination
    • Sustainability of improvements
    • Predictability of results


  • The basic concept of Standard Work.
  • The difference between work standardisation and standardised work.
  • The main elements and documents for establishing Standard Work
  • The requirements for Standard Work
  • Standardisation techniques and how to choose the appropriate ones

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