Control Point Standardization as a form of "leader standard work"

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 11-18-10

I recently recorded a podcast with Joe Dager of Business901. I’ve done a previous show with him on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean.

In this episode we cover Control Point Standardization after Joe read my recent Leading Lean column on the subject.

Check out Joe’s website and my podcast with him here.


  • Good afternoon Jamie

    It has been a long time since I been at the Lean Learning Center. I am currently in the role of continuous improvement supervisor in Horicon Wi. I have been taking on the task of implemeting leaders standard work (LSW) in our operation. There is three forms of LSW I am intersted in working on. Performance reporting LSW, CI LSW, CPS LSW. I have read your article about Control Point Standardization. I have been in production for 15 years and I can walk throug anyone of our departments and see if things are running well or not. I would like our managment to be able to do the same, as well as engage the operators on the floor. I think CPS would be a great tool. How do you make abnormal or normal visible and documented during CPS LSW at that particular control point. I sure hope you can understand what I am asking. Thanks for you time.

    Ron Heller June 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm
  • Ron, thanks for the comment.

    I think control point standardization would absolutely help with what you’re looking for. I believe your question is difficult to answer from this distance. It is a case by case point. How you determine normal or abnormal depends on each instance. But putting in place methods such as visual management, standard work, and 5S helps create and define normal versus abnormal. If abnormal, the manager digs in to understand why.

    Jamie Flinchbaugh June 25, 2014 at 7:39 am