Plans are nothing; planning is everything.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Standards are just like plans, their power is not in their existence (they are, of course, fundamental to reduce variability and great tools for training, but this is another story). A standard work sheet by itself means nothing. It will not improve anything. However, standardizing is critical because it forces you to think what is the best way of doing the work. Then it helps identify when something in the process is not working as it should; they set a baseline to make problems visible. A process without a standard is very difficult (impossible?) to improve. If anything is valid, how will you know if things are going wrong? Standards are the keystone for continuous improvement.
Standards are nothing, standardizing is everything.
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