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What is it: Single Point Lesson (SPL), or also known as the one point check sheet, are used to point out a single point task at a work station usually but not always associated with a quality concern. Single Point Lessons are short visual presentations on a single point with the following purposes:

They sharpen job related knowledge and skills by communicating information about specific problems and improvements.

  • They easily share important information just-in-time.
  • They improve the team’s performance.
  • Detailed on one or two pages
  • Supported by diagrams, photographs, or drawings
  • Are generated and used at the point of need

Team leaders and members who have acquired special skills or knowledge need a way to share their knowledge with their teammates. Rather then merely repeating what they have learned, they should put it in a form that suits their workplace. Single Point Lessons translate knowledge into practical information that teammates can use to effectively perform their jobs.

Why use it: Single Point lessons are a simple yet powerful learning and operational tool. When applied systematically throughout the work site, Single Point Lessons provide many benefits. They can help deploy just-in-time knowledge and skills across an organization. They also positively affect employees’ abilities to perform daily tasks as well as improve an organization’s cost efficiency and product quality. As an aid for spreading best practices company wide, Single Point Lessons can support and enhance improvement efforts such as Lean Management, Just-In-Time (JIT) Production, Total Quality Management (TQM), and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM).

A Single Point Lesson is a learning tool for communicating standards, problems, and improvements about work processes and equipment. Workers and supervisors use one-point lessons to provide key information about everyday work and improvement opportunities. Thus, SIngle Point Lessons may contain information on a wide range of topics.

Where to use it: Examples where Single Point Lessons may be applied are:


  • Defective incoming material or products
  • Causes and prevention of defects
  • Materials or product specifications
  • Methods for finding and discovering abnormalities in equipment and materials


  • Materials inventory control specifications
  • Product inventory control specifications

Equipment Operation

  • Changeover operation
  • Startup sequence
  • Monitoring and inspection methods
  • Shutdown and lockout/tagout sequence
  • Cleaning and maintenance protocols


  • Emergency stopping methods
  • Safety standards for use of tools and equipment
  • Reliable methods to prevent accidents


  • Cleaning procedures
  • Adjustment procedures
  • Inspection procedures
  • Lubrication procedures


  • Methods of inspection
  • Acceptance inspection specifications
  • Product inspection specifications

Improvement tools

  • Checklists
  • Cause-and-effect diagrams
  • Control charts
  • Red tags

In other words, whenever workers need key information to perform their jobs, Single Point Lessons can be an effective tool for delivering that information.

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  Single Point Lesson Excel Template
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Single Point Lesson
  Single Point Lesson Example
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Single Point Lesson Example
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