If feels quite reasonable to use standard work in manufacturing process that repeat the same work over and over.
how can Standard work be applied to software development?Every project, every software I write is unique, one of a kind! Otherwise I would just reuse what I have previously done.Software development is a craft, an act of design and divine inspiration.
So how about surgery?A study of 41 000 trauma patients in the state of Pennsylvania—just trauma patients—found that they had 1,224 different injury-related diagnosesin 32,261 unique combinations.Mapping out the proper steps for every case is not possible…AtulGawande - The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
In 2007 and 2008, a WHO pilot study involving hospitals in eight cities around the globedemonstrated that the use of a simple surgical checklist, developed by WHO,can lower the incidence of surgery-related deaths and complications by one third during major operationsThere are 234 million operations performed globally each year.At least half a million deaths per year would be preventable with effective implementation of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist worldwide.A surgical safety checklist has gone from a good idea recognized in a pilot study to a global standard of care, which already has saved many thousands of lives.http://www.who.int/patientsafety/safesurgery/checklist_saves_lives/en/index.html During the 18 months of the program, an estimated 1500 lives were saved in the US state of Michigan alone.http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/86/7/08-010708/en/… it is far from obvious that something as simple as a checklist could be of substantial help. We may admit that errors and oversights occur—even devastating ones. But we believe our jobs are too complicated to reduce to a checklist.AtulGawande - The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
Where there is no Standard there can be no Kaizen - Håkan Forss - LTG-6
“Where there is no Standard there can be no Kaizen” - Taiichi Ohno