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What is an One Point Lesson?

What is a One Point Lesson (OPL)?

A One Point Lesson is a 5 to 10 minutes learning tool, which normally take less than 15 minutes to write. It is a lesson on a single topic/point, on one sheet of paper. It normally consists of 80% diagram and 20% words all produced by hand. It is generally prepared by supervisors or group leaders and sometimes by operators.


When to use it?

•    Whenever an important message must be communicated and understood.

What does it achieve?

An OPL quickly enables a team to share key learning and builds on a common understanding of the systems and standards that apply to a work area. When properly managed, they support greater transparency of knowledge and help to rapidly bring new people in an area up to speed.

•    To pass on better knowledge.
•    Strengthen the understanding for functions of machines and lines.
•    Improve knowledge about maintenance defect prevention.

Types of OPL

1.    Basic information sheet: essential basic information – practical know-how and know-how of methods:
•    Maintenance activities as e.g. filter changing.
•    Small repair works.
•    Setting of machine functions.
•    Cleaning and checking.
•    Lubricating.
•    Reason for quality loss.

2.    Problem case study sheet: teaches how to prevent recurrence of an actual equipment problem.

3.    Improvement / Kaizen lessons study case: describes the approach and key measures in a successful improvement case study.

Key points to remember when writing OPL’s

•    Only One Point illustrated on a single sheet of paper.
•    As many senses as possible should be addressed (See above).
•    It must be written As Simple As Possible.
•    It should take approximately 15 minutes to write using a pencil, pen or felt tips.
•    When words are used, they should be ALL capitals.

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