Job Methods Challenge Sheet
Key Activity: Date:
UNDERSTAND - DEFINE
Ideas for a BETTER way:
WHAT is achieved?
WHY is it necessary?
WHAT also COULD be done?
WHERE is it done?
WHERE else COULD it be done?
WHEN is it done?
WHEN else COULD it be done?
WHO should do it?
WHY that person?
WHO else COULD do it?
HOW is it done?
WHY that way?
HOW else COULD it be done?
Hints for improving methods:
Don’t reinvent the wheel
Is there an internal solution for this
Is there a similar internal process that
does not have this snag?
Is there an existing external solution for
Is this method the safest as well as the
Does it conform to safety rules?
Has proper safety equipment been
provided to the operator?
Does the operator understand all safety
rules and precautions?
Can better, less expensive, or less scarce
materials be used? *
Can scrap or waste be reduced, or used for
another job? *
Have defects and scrap been reduced to a
Are the material specifications entirely
clear and definite?
Is bottleneck machine operating at
Is machine in good operating condition?
Are they serviced regularly?
Is this the best machine for the operation?
Is the set up time optimized?
Is there a minimum of back tracking?
Are the number of handlings and distances
traveled at a minimum?
Are aisles wide enough and placed to
Is space being used to advantage?
Is everything in the convenient work area?
Is everything in the proper work area?
Can gravity feed hoppers or drop delivery
chutes be used?
Are both hands doing useful work?
Has all hand holding of material been
eliminated? (clamps or fixtures)
Are working and storage areas are clean
Is junk taking up space that could be used
for productive work?
Do away with anything that is
Are necessary things in proper place?
See that good housekeeping reduces
delays, waste and accidents.
Can you put processes in better sequence?
Can you synchronize processes better?
Can you balance work content better?
Can you balance the demand pace better?
Would slight change of design or
specification of product or equipment
improve quality, save materials or time?
Is the quality standard correct for this job?
(correct tolerances and finish)
Equipment and Tools
Are suitable equipment and tools
Have they been supplied to the operators?
How about gauges, jigs and fixtures?
Can holding devices be used?
Can gravity aids help?
Have equipment, tools and fixtures been
properly positioned to permit effective
Is other equipment available within the
Could duplications of work be reduced?
Can sorting, summarizing, recording,
copying, checking, be reduced or
Can the design of the form be improved?
Standardization to reduce work?
* Material utilization – for example, with sheet stock, using trimming pieces for another part.
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