Rules of Flow

Flow is the action of moving from one place to another in a steady, continuous stream. The following basic rules help improve flow and quality: 

  • Mistake Proofing - Pro-actively eliminating causes of rework
  • Triage - A screening activity (determines if work should enter the system) that assigns a priority or category of work
  • FITT - Frequency, intensity, time and type
  • Standard Work - A documented process or procedure for an important function or task that requires consistency
  • Full Kit -Having everything required to complete task or start a project
  • Work in Process - The total amount of work in a system that has been started and is waiting for completion
  • Synchronization - Aligning and pacing work based on system-level priorities



Mistake Proofing


Full Kit

Work in Process

Standard Work